Who knew the little fellas were so soft-hearted?

This week’s Billboard Adult Contemporary chart number one is Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar in a fun little tale about lost love called “Don’t wanna know.” If you watch the video you might be tempted to think that the group is poking fun of breakups and broken hearts. I mean, really, Pokemon Go! characters? Vince Vaughn? I chuckle just thinking about it but anyone who’s been through a break up knows it isn’t really any laughing matter. Follow this link to the lyrics and you’ll see.

Who hasn’t experienced the urge to just not want to know what their ex is doing now? And yet the questions don’t stop. Who are they with? Are they happier? Do they think of me as much as I think of them? Breakups hurt, even if you’re a Pokemon. Try as we might, through normal routines (regular wake up, protein shake, yoga) we can’t seem to put things right. It’s a state of disbelief that we just can’t wrap our heads around. It doesn’t help when our friends are weird about it, our minds are consumed by it and everything we see reminds us of the one we’ve lost. The state of disbelief has us reeling so where can we turn that’s not destructive like partying, drinking and casual sex? Well, the bible has a few things to say about how things can go differently.

The assurance in John 14: 27 is: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” It’s good to know that when we just can’t make sense of how things have turned out that we have a peace that runs counter to our current state. Comfort from our hurts is promised in Psalm 147:3 “He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.” Although it’s hard for us to see it there is hope and a plan that someone greater than us has for us, especially during our tough times. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. “

Whether we’re dealing with the pain of loss or just trying to find our way in a confusing and sometimes cold world, this assurance gives us hope.

So take heart little Pokemon Go! guys, you won’t always have to be on the run. There is a finish line and the race, although at times long and arduous, is worth running.

The Everyday Question: Where are you in need of a different path or plan to follow?

I still find myself chuckling about this video and the heartbreak of a Pokemon. Does that make me a bad person? If you got a little laugh out of this and know someone who might need one too, please share this with them.

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