Jeremiah 2:17 says, “Have you not brought this on yourself, in that you have forsaken the Lord your God when He led you in the way?” As I read this verse, I wrote a question in my journal. ‘Lord, what have I brought upon myself because I forsook Your way?’ I no sooner wrote it when the Holy Spirit reminded me that nothing is in vain.
It is not wise to look back and wish that something had not happened in your life. Nothing is in vain because God redeems it all. We serve a merciful Lord. Psalm 136 has 26 verses. Each one ends with, “…for His mercy endures forever.”
Jeremiah said that God’s mercies are new every morning. New mercies means that every morning when we wake up, we step into a new day full of mercy. Last night was yesterday. It is now in your past. When you went to sleep, the past hours of that day were done.
Everything that ever happened in our lives is recorded in our brain. Every emotion, feeling, nuance of every event is on file. That is why unresolved issues surface when we least expect them. I like to think of my life in the hands of my Loving Potter.
He uses my adversities and hard trials to center me on Himself. After I fell into the ravine in 1977 my health went into a rapid decline. I didn’t remember the fall for 3 1/2 years so I had no reference to why things were cascading down.
It was through those bedridden years that the Lord wooed me to Himself. I had never read about anyone’s experience like I was going through. I had no previous understanding. He captured my heart. I did not know it at the time, but He was using our intimate communion as His preparation for a ministry that would take years in the making. His heart-words opened wounds that I thought I had hidden. He knows yours also.
The multiple brain injuries are my assets. They taught me how to lean hard on His grace, and to seek Him for wisdom to navigate through their uncharted territory. They are an essential part of my life because through them He enables me to continually fulfill 2 Corinthians 1:4. Without them? I would have nothing to say.
You have the same opportunities. The verse says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Your trials are unique to you. No one else has ever been through exactly what you have. Yet, there are countless who are hurting now just as you hurt. Hurt is universal and comes in myriad ways.
He takes our emotional pain and redeems it for His purposes. He takes our ashes, and through His redemptive work, turns them into words spun with tender love that is a healing balm to another’s wounded heart.