We aren’t sure how we got there; we don’t know how we will get out or how long we must keep wandering through it.In the deepest valleys even those closest to us may be unable to help.
Their encouragement and exhortation may be well-intentioned but it may seem to fall on deaf ears. They want to help. And they may even attempt to do so. But ultimately the pain and the suffering resounds in our heads. The echo of the hurt can drown out the voice of perspective.
And yet even in these moments, even when the path back to the mountain seems obscured, two tiny words should comfort our hearts – God knew.
God knew. The valley we walk through was not unforeseen. He knew it was there and He knew you would walk through it.
God knew. The ache in your heart was not unanticipated. He prepared for its eventual healing before the first sting of pain pierced your soul.
God knew. He knew what you would need and who could provide it and even though the good intentions of your friends may seem ineffective, He knew how He would work through them to accomplish His purposes.
He knew when the Israelites were captives in Egypt and He knew the injustices they would face. And He not only knows what is happening in your life, before you did, He knew.
And whatever path He will use to provide restoration and rescue, He knew that too.
And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. – Exodus 2:24-25 (ESV)