Can I be real for a second and share something I hate hearing? It’s that “God is going to use this.” Yep, those six words make me cringe. It is something I’ve not only heard a million times, but I have said it a million times to other people. And it’s not that I hate hearing it because it isn’t true, but it’s because I’m just stubborn and don’t want to think about the good when I’m dealing with the bad. The words ring so true. I’ll probably continue to say this to other people and I’m sure other people will continue saying it. There’s truth to it. And sometimes we have to hear things that are the truth even when they make us uncomfortable.
The other night a friend sent me a quote and I ended up making a graphic for it to save to my phone that I’ll post below. Rick Warren says “other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” The quote points to things that my friend had told me multiple times. She would often say that other people are going to find healing through my hurt. Talk about pouring salt on my wide open wounds! I didn’t want to have to suffer just so it would help someone else. Let them learn and find healing some other way!! What a selfish mindset that was for me to have, right?
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 says “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 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.”
Ouch. That puts it in major perspective for us, doesn’t it? Sometimes we seek comfort in things like food, tv, relationships, sleeping, or scrolling through Facebook. But God is the source of ALL comfort. What a blessing it is to be able to comfort others when they are in times of trouble. I’ve finally gotten to the point in my own troubles and trials that I’m even able to speak openly about it. For so long I didn’t want to for a multitude of reasons, but God really pressed it into my heart that I need to use this hardship for good. For His good. That’s why I started Rescue Story Ministries. My deepest hurt is now my ministry and I can help bring comfort to others in their own hurts. Isn’t it amazing how God works like that? If I was in church right now I would shout “Amen!”
When you’re in the middle of your own storm, it is hard to think about how that storm is going to not only bring glory to God’s name, but how it is going to help others. We tend to put our blinders on and only focus on ourselves when times get tough, but once we get out of the storm we can see that other people are going to find healing from your wounds. You are going to have a message and ministry to share because of what you have been through. That may be hard to hear if you are smack dab in the middle of a major hurt at the moment. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’m still there in a lot of ways. But good can come from the bad. God can take that hurt and that pain and that wound and use it to bring glory to Him and to be a blessing to others. Let us not ever be so wrapped up in our own self pity that we don’t want to honor God and help others. Find comfort in the Lord and take that comfort to others.