Do you have persistent troubles in your life? Are there concerns or issues that have plagued you for years? And even though other areas of your life are working well, you still find a great dissatisfaction because of this one little big problem.
Hannah was one such woman. She was knows about the duplicity of life—how it be both the best of times and the worst of times simultaneously. She had the love and favor of her husband that gave her a double portion. Even with the abundance of her portion, it didn’t take Hannah’s eyes of the emptiness of her barren womb. Her extra portion didn’t silence the taunting of rival wife or the inner turmoil she felt about her condition.
No doubt she had brought her concern to her husband many, many times. Yet he didn’t understand her plight. He asked her were he not better to her than 10 sons. Although it might be easy to take offence to her husband’s lack of understanding, I would imagine we have all been the one trying to silence the complaints of a friend by directing their attention to all the positives in their life.
There are times when others just can’t make sense of what is ailing you. Hannah learned the safest place to pour out her troubles.
“I am a woman who is deeply troubled…I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:15, NIV).
And it would do us well to follow Hannah’s example, although we all can appreciate the listening ears of others. Come too often and those listening ears no longer welcome hearing the same troubles. Other times, they offer of us advice that has no real way of silencing the pain within our souls.