Allowing God to use our pain

Though I never enjoy going through painful experiences, I am convinced even the dark times in our life can be used to help others God puts in our life. Just this past few weeks I have had someone come to me who has lost his son. He is going through all the pain and turmoil my husband and I went through almost eight years ago. Though I am so sad for him that he has to deal with this, I am glad that I am able to encourage him and let him know that he will make it through. I have shared my source of strength, being the Lord, and have also encouraged him to stay in counseling.

I remember during the early days after Daniel’s death, I really didn’t want to talk to most people about how I was feeling. I reserved my conversations for those in my immediate family, my counselor and others who had lost a child. Not others who had lost a parent or friend but a child.  When we hurt we want to talk with someone who knows how we are feeling and all that goes with that. Though I am incapable of healing anyone I can be a source of  encouragement to others walking where I walked.

As Christians, we have the responsibility to help out others that are hurting and in need. And though we ourselves can’t heal their hurt or hearts, we know the One who can. Why not pray and ask God to open opportunities to you where you may be able to encourage or help another going through a dark time that perhaps you yourself have walked through. Ultimately, we want anyone broken, hurting and lost to meet up with Jesus. He is the One who is capable of saving, healing and delivering!

1Peter 2:24 NIV 24 “He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”

Psalm 34:18 NIV 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 

LUKE 4:18,19 NIV 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,  because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”



2 thoughts on “Allowing God to use our pain

  1. The young man was a close friend of my son’s. They started rehab together. I spent a lot of time with him as well. There he lay comatose in intensive care. My son had gone ahead and was comforting his mom and siblings when we arrived. We went into pray over the young man. I placed my hand on the side of his head and quietly prayed by his ear. In my mind’s eye I could see my son overlain on this young fellow’s face. But for a few different choices, it could have been my son laying there! They were such good friends. He had just gotten out of prison some weeks earlier. Emotions of compassion for him, his mother and family swept over me. For a brief moment my love for my son and for this young man were indistinguishable. Is this, in a small way a taste of how God loves us? He sees us through His love for His own Son. And He embraces us.


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