Not all of why, but part.
I sat across from this precious person with a worried look on their face and a Bible opened in front of them. They were searching, overflowing with questions of "why". My heart broke a little as I listened to the words "but I just don't understand, why do I have to go through this" come tumbling out.
I have been there.
Like most of us; when the road gets bumpy and the waves are crashing all around us; when things don't go as planned and life throws us curve ball after curve ball...this person in front of me was grasping for the "why".
All I could offer was...
"I don't know why."
That wasn't necessarily the comfort they were looking for, but it was the truth. What I had to offer this person was my story, my experiences of where I have seen the "why" in my own life, and pray that they could see it too. As I continued this conversation with the delicate soul before me I was reminded of this verse:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJVSo I tried my best to explain, that although I don't always know what the "why" is, I do know that the "why" exists, and that, my friend, is where the comfort comes from. Faith in God. Knowing His word and His promises, seeing them worked out in my life and the lives of my family and sharing that with others. It's that last part, the sharing with others, the telling of our story and the ability to truly understand what someone is going through...that is a big part of the "why" that we all so desperately search for.
The things we go through uniquely prepare us to share that "why", to extend comfort to those around us who are hurting and can only be comforted by someone who has suffered as they are suffering, who has hurt and lost as they have lost. I have a unique perspective, but more importantly, I can stand with a vantage point of God's grace and comfort that has positioned me to reach out to others.
You may not realize it now, but your story is important too. It's important because we are, in part, simply vessels that are being painstakingly and yes, sometimes painfully, shaped and formed into what is needed...
To carry the love and comfort of Christ, to those who are in need.
So today I pray for you...
Heavenly Father, I come to you for comfort, for peace and understanding that only You can provide. God, I ask that You reveal Yourself to those who are so desperate and hurting right now, to those who are searching for the "why." God, still their minds and fill them with Your peace. Father, help us all to remember that part of that "why" is reaching out to others and being the vessels You are creating us to be, vessels of comfort. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen