“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” – 1 Samuel 2:2, NIV
Hannah lived in a time where a woman’s worth was defined by how many heirs she could produce for her husband. Since she was barren, many people considered her worthless.
She was frequently taunted and looked down upon by other women. Every month, she felt the same hope. “Maybe this time I’ll be pregnant,” she might have whispered.
But month after month, she faced the same disappointment. Her empty womb probably felt like a rejection, a constant reminder of her failure as a woman.
Each year, Hannah traveled with her husband and his other wives and children to the annual feast. But the trip only served to intensify her grief. Then one year, she decided to take her pain to the Lord.
During times of heartache, it’s natural to want to withdraw. Perhaps you think that showing pain makes God think less of you or that He doesn’t care when you’re hurting.
But Hannah’s story is proof that not only does God care deeply about our pain, He also acts when His children cry out to Him.
God, when I feel overlooked and ignored, help me not to hide but instead, to take my pain to You. You care about heartaches and my troubles.
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