Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

24 07 2014

Have you ever been comforted by the Lord? Have you been released from bondage, had your eyes open to things which you previously could not see? Been cleansed of sin?

Second Corinthians opens with this:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction…”

Why did He do this for us?

“… so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.” (vs. 3-4)

Frustration is running high at the moment. I’ve been searching for someone who’s been in my shoes and shown the way out of the mess.

Those who’ve never been through what I’m dealing with are able to provide some relief, but very little experiential help.

Those who have been there, done that, aren’t talking.

When we are in a war and fighting for our lives, we don’t need pat, textbook ideology. We need a veteran who can share what works, what doesn’t…living, breathing proof that there is hope. We can survive this thing!

Life has been difficult, and a lot of damage was done when I was a child. Through the years, the Lord has been faithful to heal many of those wounds.

While being free of the pain was fantastic – able to respond to a current situation instead of react to ‘triggers’ – I discovered that the ugliness is redeemed every time I reach out to others and comfort them with the same comfort I received from the Lord.

As a veteran, I have more to offer than, “I read in a book…”.

“I’ve been in that trench: These are some of the things you need to pay attention to. Here are some areas to avoid.” 

There are many people who are hurting and in desperate need of hope – the kind of hope only someone who’s been through it can provide. (Think Job and his “helpful’ friends! He called them ‘miserable comforters.‘)

All that to say this: Whatever you’ve done, wherever you’ve been, if you see someone in a similar situation, lay down fears of what people might think if they knew and the pride of wanting to appear perfect, and

for the Kingdom’s sake, tell your story

…and offer to help.

This is the body at its finest,  The healing we receive from the Lord is a gift to us. As I read Scripture, though, I notice that gifts from the Lord are never solely for our consumption (with the exception of tongues). They are meant to be spent on others.

Our past does not define us – “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone; the new is come.”

Jesus bore all our shame on the cross. When the enemy uses my history to beat on me, I point to the cross where Jesus declared, “It is finished,” and thank him for the reminder of how much I need Jesus…what a mess I am without Him.

If you’ve been hiding behind a “perfect” facade, unwilling to let others know the secrets of your past, step out and let His glorious work shine through you to reach others. The word, “hypocrite” comes from the theater, and means “actor.” It is only in the dark where the thing has any power to hurt you anymore. In our mind, it grows and grows like dust bunnies under the bed.

Bring your light out from under the bushel basket and watch the hurting be drawn like bugs to a zapper! As an added bonus, you get to walk in the freedom that Jesus paid so high a price to secure.

The world needs the real you, so

Come out, come out wherever you are!

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5 responses

24 07 2014
isaiah41v10

Just on Monday night I was in a prayer meeting when someone shared with us a problem that I also struggled with a few years ago. It was wonderful to be able to say, “Yes, that was me too, but look what God has done!” During that time of pain I had no one to talk to and no one I could be honest with, but God has been telling me I need to be there for other people who are experiencing the same thing. Perhaps this will be your experience – you are isolated now, and you will be available to help others in the future because you know how much you would have valued a veteran to talk with.

24 07 2014
Mel Wild

Awesome insights here. I heard somewhere that in He is strong in our weakness. That’s when we’re vulnerable enough to share painful, maybe embarrassing, things in order to help someone in the same awful boat. Still praying for you. 🙂

24 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks. Figuring out what’s next is tough when no one wants to share their journey. :-/

24 07 2014
blmaluso

I so agree with you. All the struggles and pain, battlescars and all, must be shared with hearts and souls that are suffering with the same issues. Our inner strength and faith that developed through the struggle, is our gift to share. Please let me know if I can be of help to you. (I am not sure what struggles you are experiencing.)

You and your family are in my prayers.

24 07 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks. I appreciate the offer. Prayers would be fantastic. I think I just got an answer to my request for a ‘heart’ specialist. It’s been a frustrating search and taken several weeks. Thanks, Lord!

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