Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
She had shared her heart, opened up to allow another to enter the vulnerable places of her life. She had served and offered her love unselfishly. The result was friendship!
And then one day, something changed and her friend became her greatest enemy harming her in ways that were too hard to bear. Her friend cut her legs right out from under her with harmful words and actions that just didn't make sense. She was left lying on her tear stained pillow with one word, "Why?"
Perhaps you're reading this scenario and it seems all too familiar. It seems that it's your story. But friend, it's my story too! It's happened to me, and I thought I'd never stand again. The pain hurt so deeply and felt so unfair. I asked God "Why?" I questioned myself and wondered what I should have done differently and what I had done to deserve this kind of treatment. And oh yes, God revealed changes within me that needed to be made. But ultimately He didn't show me why it happened and it has never been totally healed with the other, but God did show me that despite the unfaithfulness of a friend, He was faithful. He showed me that I could bear the pain because He bore the pain. He showed me that He would walk with me through these unchartered, turbulent waters. He showed me a greater love... His love.
My sweet friend, I've been where you are. Know that you will get through this. Your friendship may not be restored, but your heart will be. Lean into the Lord. Be real. Shed tears. Allow your heart, raw and bleeding, to be mended by the hands of the healer. You will be comforted and then you will use your story to comfort another. As you comfort another your healing will become deeper! God never wastes an experience. He will use it for your good and for the good of others.
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. Romans 8:28
God doesn't just allow things to happen. Scripture says He is working; He is working for our good. He will take intentional harm and use it to deepen our relationship with him. He works to grow us in our love for and dependence upon Him. Our purpose in this life is to go deeper in our love for Him and to be changed into his image. Our purpose is to help others find their way through the trials and pain of life so that they too can rest in His great love and mercy. Don't give up. Keep going knowing God is working in and for you. And then, when you are whole and healed, use the comfort you have found in God to comfort others in their time of need.
Today you need to take a moment and offer your pain to the Lord and tell your heart to beat again despite the pain.
I love you friend!