During the last few weeks, I had one of those periods in my life – the kind that you can sense that something is just not quite right, you are not fully engaged in the here and now, you sense an unexplainable heaviness, you can’t put your finger on it, etc. During those days, I asked the Holy Spirit to pray for me. I did not even have the words to explain my feelings to Him, to myself, or to anyone else. I knew that with all the transitions and changes that I (we, as a family) were experiencing, there would be these times of confusion and lack of understanding, even a continuing wave of reverse culture shock: What am I feeling? Why am I feeling this? Who am I? What do you want me to be doing, Lord? How and when do I start afresh?
The Lord was so good to me last week. He allowed me to feel a sense of freedom from the burden of heaviness that I had been sensing. Things no longer felt overwhelming. Of course, I still have many of those same questions floating around in my mind, yet the questions no longer seem to need immediate, life-changing answers.
You know what God used to help me sense that freedom? A good friend and a good cry. The Lord allowed me to be with a dear friend that I knew would know exactly what I was feeling and thinking. I did not have to explain my tears or even wonder if she thought I was going crazy; in fact, she assured me that I wasn’t. The floodgates opened up and I just sobbed. I didn’t try to stop myself – it just kept flowing out. Oh, it felt so good to just let go of all the festered feelings and unanswered questions.
Thank you, Lord, for good friends… and a good cry once in awhile!
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 (NIV) 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 have received from God.
Your turn to share: In what way has God used one of your past experiences to help comfort someone going through that same type of experience?