In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 NIV
My daughter likes to cuddle with the dogs. She puts her face right up against theirs and wraps herself around them. Bella loves the attention but Danni likes her space unless she initiates the loving. She doesn’t care to be smothered with unwanted attention.
The first time we ever heard the Rottie Rumble was when my daughter had Danni in a bear hug. Everyone backed away quickly as we thought we were going to be attacked. Danni had never shown any signs of aggression but better safe than sorry.
Like any normal person these days, I went straight to the internet to research Rottweiler’s. The Rottie Rumble was compared to a cat’s purr when it is content. The rumble starts deep in their throat and sounds a lot like a growl when you first hear it. Like the Husky Howl, this is the way Rottweiler’s communicate. It usually occurs when they are being petted or they are happy. According to the internet and the many videos of purring Rottweiler’s, it is nothing to be afraid of and is easily identified as a rumble not a growl. I believe all the proven information as long as it’s not my face causing the purring.
We, too, can be squeezed with unwanted attention. We don’t want the grief that comes with a loved one’s death. We would love to never feel the pain and loss that goes along with missing them. We could live without the loneliness of divorce and the ugliness of abuse and addiction. The hurts we suffer daily can come out as groans when there are no words to express our burdens. God hears our groans, our sighs and he sees our tears.
Our scripture today tells us that when we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit is taking our hurt and pain to God with groaning’s that can’t be put into words. Verse 22 of Romans 8 tells us that the whole creation is groaning along with us while we wait for Jesus to return and redeem all things. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are on your side. You are never alone. They hear you when you are too hurt to speak and they are praying with you and for you. Verse 34 tells us that Jesus himself is at the right hand of God interceding for us.
Paul ends this chapter on a victorious note. He asks us what could ever possibly separate us from the love of God. The answer is nothing. We are more than conquerors he tells us in verse 37. Even in your hardest days, he is with you. Let your rumbling be your communication with God for nothing can separate you from the love of your heavenly father. In your times of hurt, he feels the farthest but he is the closest. Romans 8:31 states, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”