Encouragement If You Are Experiencing Tragedy

Emotional Health, Spiritual Health

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If you’re going through any type of suffering and pain, please watch this scene between Jesus and Little James closely.
I watched this scene several times after my prayer partner Elle S Kay pointed it out to me. I had just started season 1, this is from season 3 episode 2.
To be honest, as I have walked “through the valley” since September 2021, I asked God “why” many times. My humanness couldn’t understand such pain and suffering all at once. In one fell swoop, I lost the 2 most important people in my life!
It felt like a literal dismembering, I felt the pain through my bones and in every fiber of my being.
Why me, Lord? Then of course I respond to my own question, “why not me? What makes me so special that I should be spared from experiencing my world going upside down in a blink of an eye?”
Then the blame game started. Why did I let them go to the hospital instead of coming up with a viable solution to their respiratory issues?
My brain didn’t function. I read that Covid fogs the brain. We were always so quick to come up with a natural solution using essential oils, what happened to us?
I never thought for one minute that they were never coming home!
Watching Little James ask that awkward question that in his mind really meant “You heal everyone, why not me? And now You’re telling me that I can heal others like You do?”
My friend Ghesi Stojanov once told me that after she lost her son in a car accident, a friend told her to consider what she is going through as an honor that God entrusted her with a valuable testimony that will impact others and glorify Him. I took that to heart, it encouraged me and pushed me forward in spite of my grief.
It’s exactly what Jesus said to little James in this scene. Be strengthened by it as I was!
I knew that God wasn’t punishing me. Jesus’ answer described it so clearly. I have to look within myself to see what this pain and suffering has created inside of me.
As a follower of Jesus, and as someone who trusts completely in the faithfulness of my Father, the Creator of heaven and earth and everything in it, I can’t see any time that He didn’t have His hand on me.
It’s easier for me to accept the truth of what Jesus said to Little James because I have seen God’s hand on my life throughout the years. That story is for another time!
My tragic losses did change me. My priorities were reordered.
My relationship with the Lord became more intimate. His responses to me became so clear. And my conversations with Him became more frequent, sometimes throughout the day and you can imagine why. I told Him every single thing in my heart, every. single. thing.
When I expressed a need He provided, when I expressed concern He gave guidance. His communication came through His word or through others, both believers and even unbelievers. If He can use a donkey to relay a message, why not an unbeliever, right?
I wanted to share this with anyone who is experiencing pain and suffering, to give them hope and to remind them that God is always with us and we can trust Him to carry us through and fulfill His promises that “He will make all things work together for our good…” Romans 8:28a and He also said “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
I hope this encourages you and gives you the peace and contentment that only our Lord can give.

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