Recently, a Carnival Cruise ship capsized, leaving 11 dead and some still missing. The people, who went on this cruise, left full of joy, expecting an awesome vacation and many moments of relaxation. Instead, family members are left to mourn, and the surviving passengers have had an experience they’d rather forget than remember.
One family I know have had their teenage daughter and granddaughter sequestered through her church, but no one knows why. Another family has a son who’s cut off all ties for the last nine years. A teenager is left destitute because her mother moved in with a new boyfriend who didn’t want a teenager around. Devastating.
These kinds of things happen to us all the time and we do not know how to handle them, what to pray for, if we are a praying soul, or how to make things right. Our world is torn apart when these things happen and we sit stunned, as if hit by a shockwave so intense that it’s rattled the foundations of our soul.
I the book of Romans, chapter 8, verse 26, God tells us that he has provided an intercessor. “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”(NLT). This is only one of the many functions of the Holy Spirit who lives inside every believer.
We’re hurt, pummeled with grief, and words cannot express what we cannot describe. God knows exactly what we need. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. We feel peace when we could not ask, comfort from within and without, unexplained.
I know you can remember a time when your world was shaken, its foundations almost destroyed. Did you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit or did you think you were all alone in your grief? Did you sit still before the throne of God? Did you hear His voice?
God has built us for relationship, with Him and with other people. He wants us to come to Him when we hurt: when we’re happily celebrating an event in our lives, and when we can’t fathom what is going on. Fall into His arms, seek His face, and know that whatever is going on in your life, He cares.
For further study: Isa.53:12; I Tim.2:1