"For he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye." Zechariah 2:8
I had lunch with my friend Joy yesterday. She was telling me about another friend of hers whose husband left earlier this year. She is now raising her two young children on her own. Her husband is living it up on the beach without a care in the world.
Man, have I been there before. While life is still unfair, I think for the most part I have just accepted that fact and it doesn't bother me as much... most of the time. But there are still the times when the kids are throwing tantrums or refusing to eat or go to bed or other times when I am running around ragged from appointment to appointment when I start to feel angry again that I am the one doing everything. There are still occassional times when the thought comes to my mind, "Lord, this is so unfair!"
I imagine that Mary probably felt that way. There were two theives hanging on crosses next to her innocent son who knew no sin. The Romans who stood there watching as her son was being crucified probably just went on with their lives afterword, feeling satisfaction for what had been done. While some were celebrating victory, Mary was there grieving over the loss of her son who did nothing wrong.
And what about when Pilate asked the people if they wanted him to release Jesus or Barabbas? The people shouted Barabbas. They chose someone they knew had done wrong over an innocent Man. And Pilate, knowing Christ was innocent, washed his hands of the whole situation. So unfair.
Life is definitely unfair sometimes. I am comforted to know that my Lord can sympathize with that. He does not just sit and watch from afar. He experienced the ultimate in unfair. Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but in all points was tempted as we are, yet without sin." Christ is fully God and also fully man. He gets it.
I love Zechariah 2:8 which says, "...for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye." Thomas McComiskey explains "As the eye is extremely sensitive to touch, so God is sensitive to what threatens his people." (The Minor Prophets, vol 3 p. 1061).
When I hurt, God hurts. He understands and he knows that life seems unfair sometimes. I may not get it now but someday I will. It may have appeared unfair that Christ had to die... but Christ had to die. That was His purpose in coming to earth as a man. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
Unfair? Maybe. One day all will be right again. The old will pass away and the new will come. Until then, I just have to keep on keepin' on... keep on doin' the next thing. Because I love my kids, I'll keep going from appointment to appointment. I'll keep on learning how to love them in a way they can receive it. I'll keep on trying to figure out first grade math. I'll accept help when it comes my way and thank God for the willingness of others to love on me and my family.