My friend Brady told me a while ago the two most powerful words in the English language are “me too.” The reason is that when we have someone tell that us we are not alone in the struggle or pain, it produces the kind of endurance and hope that is needed in those moments where we feel like a dog that has been left outside overnight during the rainstorm.
At first I thought he was being a little too simplistic…
Then I moved across the world.
Moving to Shanghai and struggling with the daily grind of expat life in a place semi-similar to American life but vastly different in core values, over the last two months I have clung to any time some has said “me too.”
Feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, purposelessness all flooded in when I landed in Shanghai, but what has really helped are the people in my life here who said those two simple words. Because by saying me too we are wrapping arms around one another saying I am with you, I have been there, or I am there right now. It gives hope and life.
The beautiful thing is this is exactly what Father God does for His children. In the middle of depression, fear, obstacle, temptation, you name it, God slumps down on the floor next to us while we look up and wipe away the tears… then He patiently waits for the right moment to say “Me too.”
And He can say that because He sent Jesus to become the ultimate ME TOO. Living on this broken earth, feeling the ache of a hungry belly, sensing the lonleliness of being abandoned by His friends in His moment of need. All of it. Jesus experienced. And in that we find hope in desperate moments and troubling situations…
I think it is important for us to remind each other about all of this stuff using whatever means necessary. The most recent way I was reminded was through a new book I received to review appropriately titled Me Too: Experience the God Who Understands by Jon Weece.
This book is witty and convicting because it mixes Jon’s personal life experiences with a great study of how God says “Me too” to each of us throughout Scripture and in our personal stories. This is a book I would thoroughly recommend for anyone who is feeling like the only one going through something, because while each of our stories and spaces are unique from one another, we have never experienced a moment where we cannot be empathized with and that God will not one day use so we can empathize with others.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book ASAP and realize that God has not left you or forsaken you.
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