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The Israelites were still groaning because of their hard work. They cried out, and their cry to be rescued from the hard work rose up to God. 24 God heard their cry of grief, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 God looked at the Israelites, and God understood. – Exodus 2:23,25(CEB)

The blahs.  The duldrums.  The blues.  Depression.  Call it what you will, we all go through it at varying degrees.  When we are down and out, it’s good to know that someone cares (sympathy).  It’s even more comforting to know that someone understands (empathy).

Even if our troubles aren’t fixed, it’s good to know that we are not alone in our mess, whether our mess happened to us, or we created it with our own bad choices.

Somehow, in the verses above, part of the Exodus story, I’ve missed verse 25.  It comes right before the famous passage about Moses and the burning bush.  Read it again.

God looked at the Israelites, and God understood.  – Exodus 2:25

The beauty in that statement overwhelms me today, and maybe you just need to hear the words again like I did.  Whatever mountains you are facing, God understands.

Whatever your mess, or your suffering, whether real or imagined, whether it was heaped upon you or even if it’s self-inflicted, God love you – always has, always will – and because of that love, God understands.  God doesn’t just have symapthy for us, through love, The Lord empathizes with us.   

And that is Grace for the grind.

Prayer:  Lord, remind me that you know me, you understand me, you get me, and you love me, and that will never change.  Amen