Tilly was only four years old when her parents divorced. Her dad took her aside one night and said that he needed to leave her mommy because he loved someone else instead. He assured Tilly that she would like his new wife too. Then he drove away in his truck.
Months passed. She heard her mommy cry at night in the bedroom next door. Mommy wasn’t supposed to cry. Where was her daddy? She knew that everything would be okay if he would just come home.
Then one day, Tilly’s mom said that her daddy would be coming to take her to the playground. She was so excited. She wore her favorite dress and watched for her daddy’s red truck to arrive in the driveway. When he drove up, she ran outside and jumped into his arms.
But at the park, things just weren’t the same. Daddy had brought his new wife along too. He hardly played with Tilly at all, and only sat on the bench talking with the woman who wasn’t Tilly’s mommy.
That night, Tilly cried herself to sleep. She couldn’t put her finger on it, but she knew her daddy had done something very wrong.
That night, Tilly grew up.
If you’re like most girls from divorced homes, you’ve known sorrow since you were very young. As a child, you were awakened to trouble within your own home – the place where you were supposed to be able to find refuge from the troubles of the world. You were forced to grow up faster, to work through painful issues, and sometimes act more maturely than your own parents.
God is acquainted with the sorrows you have grown accustomed to. Isaiah 53:3 says that Jesus was, “despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He, too, knew that feeling of being tempered by grief. But it doesn’t stop there. Isaiah 53:4 goes on to say, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”
He knows the pain you feel, and he has carried it for you. Be comforted by the knowledge of his companionship in grief.