Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When I received the message I immediately started praying, it said that my friend’s father had to be rushed to the hospital because he wasn’t breathing.
How could this be?
Was there even a sign of this happening?
Wasn’t he fine yesterday?
If I was this nervous and scared, how was she coping?
Then, what I dreaded was what I heard about an hour later, he had passed away. I prayed, but my hands were shaking and my heart was crushed, I felt broken, so I was sure that she found it even more unbearable.
I wept for my friend, and in part, for myself. Having lost my father almost 2 years ago, I relived every feeling of grief and heartache. I sobbed and begged God to comfort her as He comforted me. I’m sure the Holy Spirit was present in her time of sorrow, but He immediately reminded me of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. The Lord wanted me to be of comfort to my friend. I experienced the loss, and also His healing and comfort in my time of grief, I was now able to pour into someone else.
I cannot deny that I was afraid to visit my friend, I wasn’t sure what I had to offer her. She kept asking me to visit because she believed that I was the only one who could relate.
How could I help someone else when I was still grieving?
I felt as if my father had passed away all over again. I didn’t want to break down and cause her more grief. But even if I did break down, the scriptures reminds us that even if we go out in our time of weeping to a sow seed of faith, we will return with songs of joy carrying a great reward. I’m paraphrasing Psalm 126:6.
The Holy Spirit is always present to help us to respond in a way that will bring about the Father’s glory and His purposes. I prayed and asked the Lord to give me words of comfort, and if He wanted me to be there just to listen, that I would do that also.
I was bursting with joy just listening to my friend share her faith even in her time of sorrow. Just as my father’s passing brought me closer to the Lord, and what I thought would have surely destroyed me, brought about a growth in faith and encouragement, I’m now seeing this in my friend. Her words brought me comfort, just as I sought to comfort her. The Lord was present and His faithfulness was once again proven. He wanted to bring healing to my heart while using me to bring healing and hope to someone else.
I’m happy I obeyed the Lord. It was frightening at first, but He has done great things. So, I encourage you today to draw close to the hurting and choose to pour into others the way you have been poured into. The Lord has showed me, yet again, that ministry does not require perfection but a heart willing and ready to share what He has given. This is why He created the body of believers. His grace is available to help us to meet the body the way He wants us to.
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. – Psalm 126:6
By Roxann, In The Cool Of The Day
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