Jeepers was four years old when his mother took him to visit her sister. The sisters sat on the porch, sipping tea, while they watched Jeepers pile leaves, then run, jump and play in the mound. The next morning his mother saw Jeepers crawling to the bathroom.
"Jeepers, what are you doing crawling to the bathroom?" she asked.
Jeepers stopped crawling, looked over his shoulder at his mother, and said, "Yesterday, when I was jumping in my leaf pile, I broke my leg."
"Come now, dear, stand up," she said.
"I'd rather not," he replied. "I heard it crack."
Later that morning at the doctor's office, an X-ray confirmed a cracked kneecap on the uncomplaining boy. His mother had always told him, "Nobody likes a complainer." Even so, Jeepers should have said something to his mother.
Not many of us prefer to be around complainers. Whiners are tiring. Believe it or not, God does not mind complainers, bellyachers, sourpusses, kvetches, or gripers. If you've got a complaint, an ache, a wound, a sorrow, or a cause to moan about, tell it to God. God can take it. God's tough.
The Psalms say, "I cry out to Yahweh. I plead for Yahweh's mercy. I pour out my complaints before God and I tell God my troubles."
God has an ear to hear your troubles. That does not mean that God will fix your troubles. It means that you are not alone.
Let's Pray: Dear God, life is tough right now. Hear our complaint. Show us our path. Amen.
Here's a Thought: You are not alone. God hears.