Throughout my life, I’ve often wondered and asked a lot of WHY’S.
Why am I going through this? ∗ Why am I doing that? ∗ Why did I get here? ∗ Why is this happening to me?.
Don’t we tend to do this?….. something goes very wrong, your life isn’t what you expected it to be, or you are simply just in a great amount of pain that you often ask ….. WHY?
I recently read an amazing devotional in Philippians by Karen Ehman. I was blown away by one particular verse that Paul says in chapter 1.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Phil 1:12
When going through very tough seasons, it’s extremely hard to see past the yuck, and to think that circumstances will change. Having gone through years of infertility, and then recently years of painful injuries and broken dreams, I know very well what it’s like to feel ‘stuck’ in a circumstance. To feel so much darkness, that I can’t see past it.
It’s real! And I know everyone goes through times like it at some point. But I do feel encouraged as I look back.
May I give some encouragement to you?…….
I know that it may be very hard to understand right now, but maybe, just maybe what you are going through is meant to be turned around for good, used for greater things and just like Paul, actually used to advance the gospel!!
Let me expand on that from my own experience…..
Three years ago was a VERY dark time for me. I have had a dream to expand my family for quite a while. And though you might be thinking “well, you already have four children”…… But, God was showing me more.
I didn’t know what that ‘more‘ was at the time. So to go through very painful injuries, surgeries and then being told that I shouldn’t physically have any more kids was a devastating time. ( You can read about the first part of our journey here) I thought that there was no other way to expand my family, and I was deeply grieving that. Until God showed me something different.
Truth be told, If I hadn’t gone through that painful experience, then we wouldn’t be where we are now – fostering children, dreaming of helping orphans in missions and hopefully adopting! We are doing things that I didn’t even realise we could be used for, and hopefully, what was meant to hold us back, can now be an avenue to sharing the gospel!
My point is, there is a reason for our journey. A reason for the path that we are all on, and a reason why we go through what we are going through.
I pray that what ever season and circumstance that you are in, will first,be full of grace and resolved quicky, and second, that you will have an eternal perspective, that this circumstance will be used to advance the gospel.
He loves you! ….. Don’t forget that
Have an encouraging day!