Do you look around you and see suffering everywhere? What do you do when you see it? Do you get in the trenches with those who are suffering and pray or do you crawl away and pray it doesn’t touch you? Do you look beyond the agony and find the purpose? Sometimes its hard to see anything but the pain. I know. I’ve experienced my fair share. It’s easy to focus on how much it hurts and how we just want to not feel that way anymore. It’s time to shift our thinking to another possibility.
I read a devotional this morning (http://www.intouch.org/magazine/daily-devotion#.VBr8dvldV8E) that shook my thought process. Then it became the topic of conversation in a group message I have with some dear friends who get in the trenches with me. It was about sifting. How Peter was not ready to take over when Jesus left and so he was sifted in preparation. It is so hard to look past the suffering and see that there is always a reason, a purpose. There IS. God is not just about allowing people to experience pain for pains sake. He wants us to experience more of Him, to grow in faith, to grow in love, to get prepared.
So here is the personal nature of God. After all of this conversation, a woman walked into my office in obvious pain. She had hurt etched all over her face. I asked if she was okay. She was not. She poured herself out. I poured back. We sat here in my place of work and cried while she let me minister to her and love on her. She needed God to show up today and He did. He used another woman in pain to be the heart of Jesus. He didn’t need someone who had it all figured out. He needed someone who was in the middle of it to crawl into the trench with her. So I did.
I challenge you. Crawl in with someone who needs a personal touch from the Lord. Be bold. Be vulnerable. Be real. Be Jesus. Not tomorrow. Not next month. Right now.