Broken stories heal
Be careful of this person we call Jesus. To know Him, pursue Him, love Him, enjoy Him will lead you to a place where you will experience some measure of heart ache. Not because Jesus disappoints…on the contrary, He is everything He claims to be. But to know Him is to know His heart…and His heart is heavy for people swimming in hurt and sorrow. And He invites you to venture into the sea of other people’s pain so that you can join Him in serving others on their journey towards healing.
But often people don’t want healing, they want pain relief.
And that’s when frustration can settle in. Healing is hard. Pain relief is easy. People who want relief will sacrifice long term health for respite. And thats where your story comes in.
If you have experienced God’s forgiveness, healing, peace, love, joy, grace, mercy…then you have a story that can be a guiding light in the darkness of troubled times. Your true story can be a source of comfort to those who are hurting. It gives the Holy Spirit the chance to whisper into the broken heart of a person paralyzed by trouble, “I did it in them, I’m doing it in you. Let Me move with the same strength and power in your heart so that I might bind the wounds that are keeping you from experiencing My best.”
But you have to share your story. And not the Disney version. The real version. The messy version. The unresolved but hopeful version.
If you have a friend going through difficult times, then offer to buy them coffee and simply ask, “Can I tell you how God met me in my darkness?”
You don’t have to make it relevant to their life, i.e. connect the dots. God will do that. But you have to put the dots out there.