Does Anybody Hear Her?

The Casting Crowns song from several years ago has permanently stuck in my mind and my heart.

Song Lyrics:

She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying
But the canyon’s ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She’s another two years older
And she’s three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even knows she’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in
To ride in and save the day
And in walks her prince charming
And he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason
And she gives herself away

If judgement looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we never even met her

He is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

We have all met her. Maybe we passed her on the sidewalk, or maybe we sat behind her on the bus. Perhaps we saw her and her two small children in the grocery store, the little ones dirty and crying.

We are careful to not make eye contact. She has made bad choices. We are separate from her and we want it to stay that way. Our stoney face and averted eyes tell her all that we are thinking.

She is alone at home and she is alone in a crowd. Where can she go? To whom can she go?

She just wants to be loved.

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Yes, God, I know you love her.”

But she doesn’t know that.

A few of us may even be daring enough to speak with her. “Yes, God, I will go fulfill the great commission and tell her that You love her… There! I am such a great Christian. I reach out to the world around me.”

She is alone at home and she is alone in a crowd. Where can she go? To whom can she go? No one hears her cry at night.

She just wants to be loved.