come

Have you ever noticed that there will always be someone around you who is in pain?  Sometimes the pain is inflicted by words, sometimes by actions, sometimes it’s self-inflicted.  We are all living in a fallen, broken, aching world and our options are to ignore or to engage.  There is no “other” option.

Our hearts ache for healing, for hope, for something “better than this” whatever “this” is at the time.  We want to know our pain is not unnoticed.  That someone cares about us.  The problem is, too often we look to the other broken, hurting people around us to make us “better,” when we really need to be looking to God.  I don’t say this as a platitude, I say it because I know it is true.  I have done it.  I keep doing this, every day.  Every moment.  I need Jesus.  And He brings me to Him every time.

He says, Come. Come as you are, dusty, dirty, bruised, broken, torn into pieces.  Come.  I offer healing.  I offer hope.  I offer love– real love– the kind of love that sacrifices, keeps no records to make sure each act of love I offer is met by an act of love by you.  I offer peace.  Peace for your soul.  Rest for your spirit.  All you have to do is come.  Just come. 

And yet we don’t.  We keep thinking we need to “clean up our acts first” or that we will come to Jesus when we are older.  After we’re married, or after we have kids.  But we don’t.  We foolishly believe we have more time than we really do.  Scripture says we are “but a mist” (James 4:4) we don’t have a guarantee on life.  I have seen this first hand as friends and loved ones have died suddenly while their loved ones have prayed for miracles.

And then we stand there wondering how we will go on, how we will survive.  And it is in this moment that Jesus whispers to our shattered hearts, “Come.”

David Crowder has a song that echoes this same message.  One message that has been echoed for centuries through time itself, Come.

Aren’t you tired?  Aren’t you ready to rest?  How much longer can you go on with your own power– so finite, so small?  Just come.  Come to the God who loves you more than you will ever know or understand and continues to call out to you, like the ultimate “all clear” at the end of a game of hide-and-seek.  Ollie-ollie-oxen-free.    Come just as you are.  God is not surprised, not offended. He is not repulsed by you.  He loves you.  You are precious in His sight.  So just come.

Come as You Are

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

Isaiah 35:10, (HCSB)

 and the redeemed of the Lord will return
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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  1. Thank you. This is beautiful and ministered to me greatly.
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