Don’t Bury Your Story
Yesterday, I had to wait an extensive amount of time at my pain specialist’s office. My lower back was long overdue for another pain injection. While in the waiting room God placed beside me a divine appointment. All I needed to do was open my eyes, heart, and mouth when necessary.
This middle aged lady beside me had what my granddad calls “high mileage on rough roads.” Physically she had several health battles. However, her greatest battle was an emotional wound of the past. She talked about how lucky she was to even be alive. How by the grace of God she got away from her ex-husband who was an obvious monster.
Now, she seeks to help others who deal with domestic violence. Even though she feels completely broken inside it’s obvious she is growing stronger by the day. I told her “None of us are meant to bury our story. The past isn’t meant to define us, but it is something God uses to refine us. The past is God’s platform to display to the world His life changing power.”
I knew I was looking at someone who just needed to be reminded of certain truths. That her healing and joy were coming as she continues to share her story. That if her story could just touch one soul it would be worth sharing. Despite the crowded waiting room I felt led to pray. With her permission I placed my hand on her shoulder. Then, I prayed boldly out loud. I prayed God would continue to use this lady in a mighty way. That she would remember what satan plans to use against her, God plans to use for His glory.
The presence of God was so strong. The spirit of God within us created an instant connection between us. Mutual pain crossed our paths. Our stories were totally different, but both pointed to God’s mighty hand. God reminded us both of something very important that day. That God takes what one day just felt so tragic. Then, Jesus Christ comes in and works His magic.
“….Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. (John 9:3)
Yesterday was indeed a wonderful day!. Meeting you Pastor Crosby was a great blessing for me. I have been on an emotional rollercoaster for awhile now. After reading your post today, it brought tears to my eyes. God knows when a soul is in need of intervention. I just want to thank God once again for our paths crossing. I plan to continue on my journey of reaching out to women of domestic violence. I hope that our paths will cross again. I do plan to visit your church. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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