Isaiah 6:1 (NLT) “It was in the year that King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord.”
We enter now a month that is partly defined by heart-shaped candy, red roses and thoughtful, heart-felt expressions. Our economic structure and societal norms make it taboo to be in either of two categories — to not have given that special someone a Valentine or maybe worse, to not receive a Valentine.
This is not to make light of the heartbreak that some may feel who no longer enjoy romantic relationships or marriages —especially when commercials, movies and possibly even friends make it seem like everyone else is.
Yet, there is a flip side to heartbreak that Believers serving God know all too well but may not readily discuss. Just to be clear, no one reading this column voluntarily signs up for heartbreak whatever the flavor. Socked in the stomach, constricted breathing, puffy eyes, loss of appetite or withdrawal from friends have been behavioral reactions that people who have loved and lost or whom have had unrequited feelings for someone have described.
As we examine this text, Isaiah does not even note the numerical year of the experience in which he encounters God. Isaiah does not define his heartbreak by the year but rather the year by his heartbreak.
Have you been there? “It was the year that daddy died.” “It was the year that our divorce was final.” “It was right around the time that she cheated on me.” Unfortunately, there is only one way to know that Christ mends broken hearts —personal experience.
Yet, in the depths of heartbreak, Isaiah declares “I saw also the Lord.” He has an epiphany in a catastrophe. He experiences a great loss in the same year he receives a greater gain.
The loss of his friend Uzziah causes him to take inventory of his personal relationships and see who can still be counted as a friend and brother.
A man may leave you. A woman may depart your presence. Like Uzziah, death may claim a loved one much quicker than you are prepared to let them go. Thank God, Christ will always be there for you.
Hebrews 13:5(b) (ERV) “God has said ‘I will never leave you, I will never run away from you.”
Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro. He is the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal” and a new devotional “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information on purchasing the devotionals or booking Andrae for an event please go to andraecrismon.org.