I have many battle wounds from life. Some of the battles were when I was still under my parent's care and they helped me through them. Others were when I was married and Chad helped me fight my battles. But through them all there was one thing that was consistent ... God's love and helping hand. Helping hand?? What about strong shoulders to carry my weight on His back! That's more like it.
I know everyone has had their battles, some publicly and some in private. Why? Why do we have to go through these seasons in our life that are so rough? My preacher once preached on John 9:1-5 and I felt like what I have been saying was put into words that made so much more sense. I feel that we go through struggles so that we can come out the other side and be able to help others who are fighting the same fight. Maybe they don't feel those strong shoulders, or are pushing them away. But then I realized that even though I'm saying a nice thing- to help others, the emphasis is still on me. Me helping. When the emphasis should be on God. Here are the verses that teach me on a continuous basis that our struggles are so that the works of God may be displayed.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
My mom gave me a CD from a sermon that went along with this perfectly. This preacher quoted Genesis 37 and then 39 which are about the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors! Joseph was favored, he was gifted, he tried to do good by warning his brothers, he was captured, he was sold, he was favored, he was prosperous, he tried to do good in refusing Potiphar's wife, he was captured, he was imprisoned. Can this guy get a break? Yes, even in prison God was with him. The guard favored him and he prospered.
Turn a tragedy into a blessing by being able to live through it! Turn that blessing into a testimony by telling others how God carried you. God turns that testimony into a weapon that he can use through you and the weapon becomes a ministry.
Pretty powerful stuff can come out of our struggles.
Tragedy - Blessing - Testimony - Weapon - Ministry
You may be in the tragedy phase right now and can't see the light. Be patient, God works on His time and apparently he doesn't have a watch in Heaven because sometimes it feels like that first phase can take forever! You too can use the tragedy later down the road to show God's work. What tragedies have you been through that have been turned into ministries?