This past Friday night I spent the evening with some of my favorite girlfriends and everyone’s favorite ex-girlfriend the fabulous Miss Taylor Swift 🙂
What’s enchanting about Taylor is that she is stunningly beautiful, incredibly talented, uber successful and not to mention she dates Hollywood’s hottest and is pretty much the fairytale princess of today (other than the one married to William of course). Yet what’s even more intriguing is what Swift sings about…On the surface she sings about love and relationships but if you know her music you know its more about disappointment, insecurity, betrayal, heartbreak. What?!?! Yes even this beautiful, talented, successful, seemingly perfect princess experiences pain too. Her honesty, her vulnerability, her openness…her music is essentially her saying “me too.”
Which brings me to this conclusion…“Pain is the great equalizer.” It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, what you have we ALL experience pain.
Pain is central to our connection with each other. It’s our pain—our breakups, our family issues, our friend fights—that stay on our hearts longer than anything else. These are the things we wish we didn’t have to deal with yet these are the things that bond us so closely with each other. Think about your last late night phone call…did you obsess over everything being perfect and happy in your life or was it something else? Our closest moments come when our friend on the other end says I’ve been hurt like that…“me too.”
Which is why it is so amazing that God chose The Cross to express His heart to us—not His holiness or perfection or miracles but He Himself entering into our sin, our pain and ultimately death. Many times it is our pain where God meets us the most, where God steps in and begins to deal with our hearts. Our pain is when we are most willing and likely to fall on our knees and come to Him…to come to The Cross.
The Cross is God saying I would rather die than live without you. The Cross is God saying I want to walk with you through this. The Cross is God saying I’ll take on your sin and pain so I can know how you feel. The Cross is God saying I love you, I care. The Cross is where God becomes broken so He can meet us in our brokenness. The Cross is God saying “me too.”