give thanks in all circumstances;…(1 Thess 5:16-18).
The other day I ran into a woman at the park. We got to talking about church and our faith. Then, the Lord impressed upon me to share the marital crisis and separation my husband and I endured a few years ago. After I shared, this older woman said to me, “After 42 years of marriage, just this past year, my husband and I walked through a major crisis in our marriage too.” Then, she opened up to me about what they had walked through.
I couldn’t believe it. I was standing next to a woman, a sister in Christ I barely knew, and we were connecting ourselves through our pain.
Friends, these are the moments when we can look up and praise God for all things. Even the hard, embarrassing, and painful parts of our story.
A couple of years ago a woman was siting on my couch. Again, the Lord impressed upon me to share about the destructive behavior that used to ran amuck in my marriage and this woman, who I barely knew began to weep. She said, “I feel like you’re talking about my life, except, it’s been going on for 28 years.”
Another moment to look up and thank God for all things. Even the hard ones, because my husband and I became friends with this couple and were able to be there with them as they saw God do a similar work of transformation in their lives as He did in ours.
Friend, I know what you went through and what you’re going through is so hard. But we cannot be healed if we do not share with someone what has taken place. We also cannot thank God for our pain if we do not lift it up in the light, share it, and let Him give it purpose.
I don’t know why you’re walking this journey. I don’t know if you’ll ever know this side of Heaven, but someday someone might be sitting on your couch and they need to hear your story. There might be a person at the gym who needs to know they aren’t alone in their story too and hearings yours will give them hope and peace for tomorrow. So friend, share what God is doing and what He has done in your life. The good, the bad and the ugly. Your transparent life will become a safe harbor for others to start their own journey of transformation. We can all praise God for that.
Lord, you are so kind. You use even the ugly parts of our story to bring you praise. Continue to use my life and my pain for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.