The Three Most Google-Searched Articles on This Site and Their Common Thread
This stupefies me. I have checked and re-checked this statistic multiple times over the last few months and every time it leaves my mouth agape.
The three most-read articles on jenoshman.com from Google searches are:
According to Google analytics, the first two posts (on assisted suicide and abortion) are regularly positioned within the top 1-5 search results for someone looking into them.
And all three posts, when queried, are clicked on anywhere from 30% to 60% of the time.
The immensity of this humbles me. These are the weightiest of topics. I’m sobered that so many strangers from who-knows-where stumble upon my words when they’re considering ending a life—their own, or that of a loved one, or their baby within.
What’s especially striking to me, though, is how all three posts are related. It’s very unlikely that the reader of one reads the others. But all three share a common thread:
People are hurting, but God.
Unknown, unseen, anonymous readers out there are wrestling with whether or not they or someone close to them should go on living. Life hangs in the balance for innumerable suffering souls every day, every hour, every minute. People are hurting.
Our God is both the Author of Life and the Redeemer of Life.
He is Resurrector.
He is Comforter and Healer.
He is the God who sees and knows and loves and reaches down and grabs hold.
Our God brings life from death. May the anonymous, hurting Google seeker know that. May he or she somehow be awakened to “but God.”
And may you and I who have settled the issue of life—we who are firmly committed to sustaining life from its natural beginning to its natural end—remember that our convictions are not shared by most. May we remember that this isn’t settled in the hearts of the masses.
May we have compassion and be driven to prayer, to action, to speaking out, to writing words, to giving support, to entering in.
“But God” are the very best words that could be heard by someone contemplating death.
It’s terminal. But God.
It’s so painful. But God.
It’s hopeless. But God.
It’s lonely. But God.
It’s scary. But God.
Pray with me, please, that those who stumble upon these posts on suicide and abortion would also hear “But God.” Pray with me that our good and able God would meet them in their hour of need. And consider with me how you and I might find ways to alleviate suffering face to face and life on life.
This analytic reminds me that so many countless people are hurting. But it also reminds me that our God intervenes. But God.
Please God, move.