He comforts us in all our troubles
so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled,
we will be able to give them
the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
Been There, Done That
My husband is the most amazing servant of God when it comes to comforting those in sickness and especially those in mourning. He is so gentle, kind, and consoling. Even after nearly 30 years of ministry together, I am always taken aback at how he knows just the right words to say at the right time.
Much of this is because he has been there himself. Before we met, he had a beautiful wife and family until one morning after he sent them off to school. It seemed like only a moment later when the phone rang. His family had been in a car accident.
His wife was killed instantly. His daughter and son were in a coma and had been flown to a trauma center.
Three days later, after his wife’s funeral, he went to the trauma center to check on his children. That was when they took him through the process to verify that his daughter was brain dead. He now had to excruciating decision to remove her from life support.
Dealing With Tragedy
After 3 weeks, his son did come out of his coma and began to recover. Michael had to tell him the devastating news about his mother and sister. Few of us can even fathom how a heart might deal with all of this emotion – all the feelings of sadness, shock, loneliness, and wondering “why” God would allow this to happen. It’s really beyond our imagination unless we have been there, done that.
There is one answer I do know.
Michael has become the best person to come alongside those who are grieving. His words always comfort, never sting. Just his presence can comfort a hurting soul.
You Are Not Alone
Your pain may be hard to bear as well. But God has not left you. He is there alongside you. You may not see any hope for the future, but God does have a plan for you. Right now, He is comforting you and one day, you will be able to comfort others who find themselves in similar situations.
I’m reminded of something Christine Caine shared. It went something like, “God will not necessarily make us comfortable in our situation, but he will make us comfort-able“. That is, able to comfort others.
For now, we can only rest in Him.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”– Matthew 11:28-30
And one day in your future God will use you to comfort and help others just as He has comforted you.
Take His Yoke upon you!
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