At times we wrestle with a deep ache inside. Sorrow and dreams that never come to be are two of the things in life that we all face at times. It can be that moment we realize we are not going to make the team or get that position or promotion. It can be when a relationship ends or when one we love passes on. The deep ache inside is very real.
Hannah longed for a child. Peninnah, the other wife, had borne Elkanah children and was more than willing to point this out to Hannah. Elkanah loves Hannah more. Peninnah’s unfulfilled dreams was to be the love of Elkanah’s life, but she was second in his heart. To soothe her ache she lashed out. But the ache remained. Human solutions and efforts do not heal such aches.
Hannah chose instead to bring her ache to God. In prayer she poured out her heart to God. In faith she turned to the only one who can truly bring us the healing we need. God heard the prayers of His faithful servant. God’s response filled Hannah’s ache and brought her hope.
God may not bring us the job or the child or the spot on the team. He may not restore the relationship and seeing our loved one who has gone on waits for us to join them in eternity. But God does respond to the prayers of the faithful servant. If we allow How to, He will restore, heal, and pour His love into us. The promise is not to give us all the desires of our heart. The promise is to be present, to dwell in us, to fill us with His love, to give us what we need. For this great love, thank you God.
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 1: 4-8