"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you, He rises to show you compassion." Isaiah 30:18
Sometimes the things that impact us deeply are the most difficult to put into words.
This morning I read that verse. As I pondered it, I realized that I don't know what it looks like for God to show me compassion. They say that a father reveals God the Father to his kids, for better or worse -- that's the picture of the Father they end up with. I don't ever remember my dad showing me compassion. Even though I've always known he loved me, I don't have a visual picture of my father being compassionate to me.
I wrestled with this verse. In honesty with God, I told Him I can't relate. I believe these words are true, but I just don't know what it looks like. So I asked Him to show me.
Some hours later, I got this picture in an email from a friend. As soon as I saw this soldier holding this little girl, I realized what I was seeing. God is showing me what compassion is in such an amazingly vivid way.
I'm like that little girl. I've been through some heavy battles and I'm just as scared and hurt and weary as she is. And God cradles me in His lap and aches with me. He knows that I have nothing and I just need to be held in tenderness and loved.
Today I caught a glimpse of what compassion is like. My Daddy has compassion for me.
"The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made." Psalm 145:8.9