I have been thinking about the young people who commit suicide. The notes left behind are usually about a seasonal issue. An issue that should be viewed as short term but to them feels like all their is forever. They get lost in hopelessness. Everytime I hear about another broken life I am sad . I wish I could have known them to tell them about a living God who loves them and has good things planned for their future. The problems of this life are not the place to camp. We all need to establish a joy camp with Jesus that we can always find our way back too. That is where our real life is and our shelter from the storm.
God is full of surprises. You never know what He is going to do in your life when you let Him have your circumstance. Their is so much to learn from every issue and the Holy Spirit is ever present to council and guide you through. I am always surprised by the creative strategies that are inspired. to overcome each obstacle. I am also learning that each thing I overcome deepens me as a person and deepens my relationship with God, I also now have real compassion and can identify with others in their issue. .
I think I best learned this in this new trial of healing from total knee replacement. It has been very painful at time I thought unbearable by humans. I have a friend who has texted me everyday multiple times. She had a partial knee replacement a few weeks ahead of me. It is nearly as painful. We have commiserated and inspired each other to fight through the pain. It is a comfort to know someone out there knows your pain like you do. Someone who says I know.
I would not have ever been the one to reach out like that in my pain. I would have suffered in silence . I am fortunate to know someone who was willing to reach out first and offer understanding and compassion.
I know there is a scripture that talks about share His Joy and His suffering. Lately I have thought every pain I feel He felt on the way to the cross , probably times ten thousand or so. I can't even begin to tell Him I understand His pain. I am just grateful He loved us first and was willing to identify with the pain of us all.
How do you become a better friend to God?