“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary…” (Isaiah 50:4).
On Sunday, I attended a surprise baby shower for my friend. She had trusted God alongside her husband for this baby for a number of years and now God showed up, so it was a gathering of very excited friends, celebrating our friend and thanking God on her behalf. As I sat there excited for her alongside several other friends, one thing that everyone kept saying was how real she was about the pain she felt when she was waiting and how encouraging it was to know beyond Christianese that she felt weary sometimes. She is one of the most cheerful people I know but she was real about her struggle without carrying it on her head. She didn’t hide the fact that she loved kids and wanted hers. She didn’t hide away either out of the pain. She shared about it when she felt overwhelmed, she reached out to others when she was strong and it touched a lot of us in ways she didn’t even realise. She had ministered to so many of us through her pain, she had shared with us her generous spirit even if several times, she carried a pain in her heart. We were really glad for her and in so in many ways, this testimony was ours too. 🙂
In recent times, it hasn’t ceased to amaze me how God would empower regular folks (you and me) with the ability to impact people around us in meaningful ways. That despite all our failings, He remains aware that we need access to His power to endure the perils and challenges of this journey, and then use us as oracles to speak a relevant Word so His people might be changed. The experiences we have come through have made us stronger; we can then translate that knowledge into a pathway for others to find their way. God sent you ahead in that struggle so you could then return to his people and tell them how to survive it. And more importantly, to survive it whole. God is saying, rather than ask why you went through it, recognize that He finally raised his hand to say enough, and understand that the pain and weariness you are feeling is nothing compared to what the devil had planned for you if God had not stepped in.
I realize that we have all been given the very real power of uplifting and encouraging one another through the Word of God. God rarely blesses us just for ourselves, but we are conduits for him to bless his people. He understands that sometimes we need to receive understanding, a renewing word, and a timely prayer from folks whose lives reflect ours in more tangible ways. We can then appreciate that what God places in us is bigger than us and that the gift is to be used to uplift and encourage so that others may also walk in their purpose. The wisdom that God has given you from your testimony and from your experiences was not just for you, but He trusts you to speak that wisdom into people’s lives. This is so they may know his power, his love, his grace, and his presence, even when it seems they are alone. We never are alone and he needs you to remind someone of that simple truth. There are others who could not have handled what you went through, who would have given up facing those conditions, who wanted to die from the pain, but through the testimony of the Word of God planted in you, they were able to continue the journey.
For all the things that were written a foretime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans15:4). It is not just about YOU.
Don’t keep your testimony to yourself, share it, you will be surprised how much another needs it as a map for his/her journey.
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