Do you remember the song Nothing Compares 2U? It was written and composed by Prince for The Family, but was later made (really, really) famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor in 1990. Here’s an excerpt from the lyrics.
It’s been so lonely without you here / Like a bird without a song / Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling / Tell me baby where did I go wrong
This sentiment is not new to Prince or Sinéad. I’m guessing you’ve also had a time when you’ve felt alone, hopeless. It may be now. It may even be your fault (trust me, I’ve been there). May I encourage you? No matter your circumstances, I can assure you that hope is not lost, that you are not alone. Listen.
Where is the god who can compare with you— wiping the slate clean of guilt, Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people? You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham— Everything you promised our ancestors from a long time ago. (Micah 7:18 MSG)
No matter where you are, no matter what you’ve done, God is ready to welcome you home (read Luke 15:11-32). Ask him. Humble your prideful heart. You are loved and valued. God’s promise is yours to embrace. Nothing Compares 2Him!