Sometimes you just need to talk about it

You know that feeling when you just need to talk to somebody, to unburden yourself, to share your heart?  Intuitively you know that it would help for someone to listen, to empathize, and perhaps provide some insight, some counsel, some help.

So you do.

You "cowgirl up" and summon the courage to talk about what's bothering you, your hurts, and your confusion.  You work up the nerve to "do this community thing" and you lay your cards on the table. For somebody to listen, somebody to care.

It really does take courage to do that.  At least it does for me.  I figure everybody has their own troubles and I am hesitant to add mine to theirs.

So sometimes I do.  And sometimes you do.

And sometimes what happens is worse than the burden we are hoping to ease.

The "listener" checks her phone while we are talking.
Or worse, she responds to a text.

Or she somehow gets distracted in the midst of our tale and consequently asks questions that reveal her lack of attentiveness.

Maybe she listens to us but fails to hear with empathy and launches right in to preaching at us.


Those "Bible bullets" are painful when they implode on an already bleeding target.

It feels like she just doesn't care, like you don't matter.  Perhaps that's not actually the case, but it sure feels like it.

What are we to do in a case like this?  Suck it up and move on?  Toughen up our hide and know that this world is full of pain?  Stuff it all back inside and vow never to attempt this again?

I think there are some people who will listen.  With the ears of their hearts.  And I think God will lead us to them. 

But first I think He wants us to know that it is good to be

Casting all your care on Him,

Confident that He will always listen, always empathize, always give the best response....

 because He cares about you  (I Peter 5:7)

He really cares.  He loves you and me with an Everlasting Love.  An unconditional Love.  A personal, individual, deepest of all Loves.

Tell Him about your troubles.  He cares...........and He can do something about your hurt.