I don’t know if it was a conscious choice or if she was just so sad she lost her appetite, but she wasn’t eating and it was worrying the people around her. Her husband professed his love to her and pleaded with her to eat, but it didn’t help. Hannah couldn’t have children. She and her husband had been trying for years but for some reason they were never able to conceive and it devastated her. Her heart was hurting.
Maybe, like Hannah, you’re longing for something that doesn’t seem to be coming. Or maybe it’s something altogether different. There are a lot of reasons for hearts to hurt in this world. Maybe someone has betrayed you. Maybe your worried about someone you love. It could be that you can’t seem to find a career that makes you happy or you don’t like your situation in life. I don’t know what it is, but you do, and it hurts.
Do you know what Hannah did with her hurt? She took it to the Lord in prayer. She bared her soul to the one who could do absolutely anything, but more importantly, to the one who loved her unconditionally and would always do what’s best. There was something about knowing it was out of her hands and in his that allowed her to keep functioning and even feel a whole lot better.
I don’t know what’s weighing on your heart, but whatever it is, it’s time to take a page out of Hannah’s book. It’s time to give it to the Lord in prayer. Whether it’s the first or the thousandth time you’ve done it, take it off of your shoulders and place it on his. He created the universe. Your issue is well within his power to resolve. In prayer, transfer your dilemma from your hands into his. He sent his Son to die for you. You can be confident that his incredible love for you will do what is best.
If you know the story of Hannah (1 Samuel 1,2), you know that God answered her prayer with a child. I can’t promise God will give you exactly what you are asking. But I can promise if its in his hands, it no longer has to weigh on your heart. Put it in his hands and he’ll lift your heart. You’re his child, he’ll do what’s best!
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly…Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. – 1 Samuel 1:10,18