Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

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Remember the Old Spiritual…Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen?


Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
Glory hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down
Oh, yes, Lord
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground




Can you relate?

Unfortunately, when there is a lack of understanding, or the absence of true sympathy, a tiny seed of resentment may begin to grow.


Because in our troubles, we see others seemingly undaunted, unhindered and untouched by trial.  Under our cloud we see people walking in the sunshine, oblivious to our storm.

The old phrase, “Misery Loves Company,” may be better phrased,

“Misery NEEDS Company.”Misery-Loves-Company

We just want to know we’re not alone…that someone else has been through it before.

Did you know that God is referred to as the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort?  And because He comforts us in all our troubles, we can comfort those in any trouble, with the comfort we have received from Him. (2Corinthians 1:3-4)

We can draw near to God in trials because He knows trial better than anyone.  How can that be?  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. (John 1)cross-403964_1280




Nobody may fully know the trouble we’ve seen, or the magnitude of our sorrow.  But there is One who knows every aspect of it and wants to help us through it.

The question is, will we accept His comfort?

Will we accept the BEST KIND OF COMFORT?

The late Maya Angelou once said this…”The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.”

Amen!  If I had to choose one comforting meal, it would look a lot like that one.
There’s nothing like a yummy meal, a warm bed, a good book and a great cup of coffee. Those things remind me of comfort, comfort, comfort…

But there is only One Comforter, The BEST Comforter.  

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

Nobody knows my sorrow

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

Glory Hallelujah

Louis Armstrong Rendition:
The great musician, Louis Armstrong made this song most memorable.  And perhaps no one could relate more to the lyrics than he.
Born in poverty in 1901, his father left the family soon after his birth, and his mother resorted to prostitution.
Forced to drop out of school by the fifth grade, he went to work collecting junk and delivering coal.
At only 11 years old, he fired a gun into the air, in celebration of New Year’s Eve, and was immediately arrested.  Sent to a boy’s home, the one good thing that came of it was that he fell in love with music and began playing the coronet.
Louis Armstrong married a woman who was also in prostitution and their relationship was difficult and tumultuous.  Adding to his hardship was his decision to adopt his cousin’s three year old child who was mentally disabled. Armstrong cared for him his whole life.
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“In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
When words of encouragement seem like aimless arrows, and well meaning friends almost make it worse, go to the Father.  He knows exactly what you need and He is waiting to give it.
Father in heaven, we come to You, the only One who knows.  We need Your comfort and the peace only You can give.  It seems impossible, Lord, for this pain is deep. But we are asking in Jesus’ Name for healing, and restored joy.
Thank you, God.  We trust You completely.  Amen. 


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