Have you ever been stuck in your pain? No matter which way you turn, you see it on your left and on your right, in front of you and behind you, with no end in sight. How long, you ask? When will this end? How could anything good come from any of this?
You go to bed feeling overwhelmed, and you wake up that way. You just can’t seem to see how there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
You pray and pray, but this time something’s different. This time you get an answer that says “I am the Lord; give me your pain, and I’ll show you its purpose.” So right then, you do. You give it all to Him. Every burden. Every sorrow. Every disappointment. Every hurt. Everything.
The Holy Spirit then leads you to scriptures, messages, books, and wise council. And overtime, you feel a sense of relief, a sense of unexplainable peace. The problems are still there, but something feels different, something you can’t understand. You feel lighter. Weightless.
A couple of days later a friend calls and asks for prayer and encouragement. She’s going through a rough time. You smile, knowing that the Lord has put this person in your path. Armed with what the Lord gave you, you walk alongside her, encouraging and lifting her up as a result of the pain you experienced that now has purpose.
“Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV
Father, thank you that because You are a good God, there’s always a purpose for our pain. Your word tells us that in this life we will have trials and tribulations. You tell us there will be suffering and pain, but You also tell us You have already overcome every struggle we will face. Help us believe that there is beauty for our ashes. Help us to hold on to you when everything else seems to be out of our grasp. Renew or faith. Point us back to You. We give you all of our broken pieces; trusting you, Oh God, will make us whole.
We bless your Holy Name,