“I’ve learned that sometimes God allows you to be in pain so that you can understand others more. I wasn’t patient towards people with anxiety, until I realized how I am with anxiety. I didn’t understand those that were hurting in a certain way, until I was hurting in that same way. And I wasn’t helpful when people “felt distant from God” until depression swallowed me up and hid me away in a place I’ve never been before.
God allows that pain so that we can understand and relate to others. Thus, we can show them how we found victory, through His saving grace and love. The pain is all for the testimony.”
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
I love this. I love how when life happens and pain, disappointment and heartbreak may come our way, God can use it. He can work a miracle out of a set back.
Sometimes what we think is a massive disappointment is actually God refining us – reshaping us. All of my failures and breakdowns led me to where I am right now. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the grace of God and me letting Him do His work, I don’t even want to begin to think where I’d be or what state my heart would be right now.
I felt God so strongly this afternoon, nudging me to write this blog post. I really wanted to write a Beauty post today (He obviously doesn’t care about my nicely planned blog schedule…), but He told me that He really wants you to know that your situation might not be changing, but you are changing.
God needs you to understand that your situation isn’t defeating you, it’s promoting you. He’s taking you higher.
I imagine him sitting at the potter’s wheel, smoothing out the rough surfaces. Slowly erasing the characteristics you need to drop before He can take you further. He needs you to sit still and hold on.
Let Him prepare you for the fulness of your destiny. Be at peace with the disappointment, knowing that God is at work in you.