Recall a time when you shared a struggle with someone and you found out that he or she struggled with the same thing as you.
I recently became a mom for the first time to an amazing little boy. When my husband and I brought our son home from the hospital, it was surreal; this little human was ours to treasure—and to figure out how to care for! My friendships with other moms have taken on a distinct tone of “Hey, you struggle with that? Me too!” They “get” it when it feels like my baby won’t ever stop crying, or when he won’t sleep, or when I feel inadequate to the calling of motherhood. It is so helpful to feel understood!
For many years, I have been convinced of the importance of Jesus’ humanity. The author of Hebrews wrote that Jesus empathizes with our weaknesses, has been tempted in every way as we are, and learned obedience through suffering (Heb. 4:15; 5:8). He is our great high priest, not far off and aloof, but one who “gets” the struggles of being human—the suffering, weaknesses, and temptations— because, after all, He is human!