I’m going to go out on a limb here…but my guess is that if you’re reading this blog you’ve got a Facebook page. No rocket science degree here, folks. The more interesting discussion is…what’s on your page?
There are critics who say that we use Facebook to present a glorified picture of our lives. We only post the good stuff. The celebrations, the happy moments, the picture-perfect-nothing’s-going-wrong-in-our-lives-because-we’re-perfect-people kind of stuff.
Lately though, my Facebook feed tells a very different story. Parents whose children are battling stage 4 cancer. Marriages on the rocks. Jobs in crisis. There’s a lot of stuff going on—and it’s far from perfect. It’s heart-heavy kind of stuff.
Which brings me to my next question. If God had a Facebook page, what would it say? I think He’d rejoice with us in the happy moments and mourn with us in the painful ones. His celebratory status updates “might” look something like this:
“Look at my people go! They made it! #RedSea #AdiosEgypt
“C’mon down to the wedding…there’s wine for everyone!” #Miracle #WaterIntoWine
“Check out who got dunked today!” #Baptism #JohntheBaptist
He’d also have his share of sobering ones:
“Please pray for Mary & Martha. They lost their brother today.” #Lazarus
“My Son is facing the most difficult day of his life. But in the end, we both know it will be worth it. #Calvary #Sacrifice #RiseAgain
He’d use the full gamut of emojis (smiles, sad faces, laughter and hearts) and he wouldn’t sugar coat the truth. He’d empathize, sympathize…and most importantly, he’d leave some encouraging comments—especially for those facing difficult circumstances:
“I know how bad you’re hurting and I want you to know how much I love you. I’m here for you. You are strong and courageous. You will get through this. We will do it together. And when you’re at your weakest, know that My grace is sufficient for you.”
So wherever you’re at today with your Facebook status—good, bad, funny, or indifferent—you can rest assured that God’s got your back for all of it.
And for that…I’m #grateful.