I remember the first time I heard someone say, “God does not waste your pain.”
I definitely had some questions about this statement, especially as I experienced some very dark days when I was younger. “You WILL get through this, Diane” were words that I desperately hung onto in those moments when I couldn’t imagine being able to get through another minute of life. In my young mind and with very few testimonial words of God’s powerful, loving and purposeful hand on my life, I could not fathom how such emotional pain could bring any good to me.
But it wasn’t about me. It has never been just about me . . .
. . . and over the years, I have authoritatively spoken those exact same words of hope to others.
Our experiences and our stories are for each other – they are to edify and build up and give hope. Nan Jones so eloquently explains that the lessons we learn, “keep the roots of faith warmed” for others who are experiencing similar emotional turmoil. This is the “been there, done that” dynamic and there is such power in allowing others to see victory on the other side of pain.
We all struggle with disappointment, grief, loss, betrayal, disillusionment, failure – common life struggles. I recently read that “Jesus is the peace to our puzzle.” I like that. He is the lover of our soul, our Comforter, our Truth and we are to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. (1 Peter 3.15)
Praise be to the 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 have received from God. 2 Cor. 1.3,4