“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:4 ~
I read that verse over and over as it truly makes me think of all the times that I’ve had troubles in my life that may have seemed small to others but mountains in my eyes. I always remember asking God why He allows those feelings of disappointment in my thoughts and mind. I think a lot of people wonder why bad things happen to good people and why they are tested not only in their lives with worldly predicaments but their faith as well. “Why God? Why me? “, we ask. You see God loves us and all his children and He has a purpose for us all.
As a young child my parents got divorced and I never really understood why. I not only didn’t understand from their end but also why God would want my parents to separate and leave my sister and I in the middle. My sister and I grew up as the only ones in our large family with divorced parents. I seemed to ask the question “Why” over and over throughout high school and even some in college. Little did I know what God had planned for me from that experience.
I found myself at a youth retreat a few months ago with about 100 kids from the area I live in. As group leaders we were told that the kids would be split up by classes for one of the sessions for the day. I was given the 9th graders. Within minutes of it starting I quickly learned that 9 out of the 13 kids I had all came from divorced families, some recent, others a few years ago but still fresh in their hearts. Tears started coming out their eyes as they realized they weren’t alone when I told them that I also came from a divorced family. They asked many questions about forgiveness, what went wrong, and what to do. After a few minutes of my own story I could see eyes drying up and smiles across their faces.
Put into action: God uses us in every way. It’s just like the verse above reads, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” So if you have struggles in your life or moments where you wonder why God has placed them in your path, get ready. Get prepared as you never know who you will come across that might need words of comfort, words that ease pain, words that show God’s love. Be proud of the trials in your life that you have endured and overcome as there was a reason to it all for when that moment comes, seize it, become His disciple, and comfort those in the same way He has given us!