I often pray for my children to know the will of God for their lives. Perhaps it is because it is difficult for me to remember a time when I was uncertain as to what I would do in life. I believe God has placed me on this earth to do many things— be a wife, mother, daughter and friend to name a few. However, since elementary school there is one calling I have never been able to shake.
On the eve of my fifth birthday my 9 week old brother passed away. I came down the hall to get a drink of water after a long, fun-filled day and what I saw there forever changed my life. At the young age of five I found myself deeply feeling and emphasizing with the pain of others around me. First of my family members and then of others who were suffering that crossed my path. Specifically, I remembering reaching out to two classmates in elementary school whose mothers passed away.
What I discovered is that I am able to sit and bear witness to people experiencing great pain. Sometimes, I am even able to encourage them. My heart’s cry always is that people feel supported and validated in their suffering and somehow find the light awaiting them. Furthermore, I enjoy helping people make and find meaning in their lives. When people are facing their darkest hours, I love helping them realize the character and resiliency that emerges in the midst of great trials and tribulations. Most of all, I think, I love witnessing the resiliency of the human spirit. My belief in peoples’ need to feel heard and their ability to overcome the direst of circumstance is what spurred me to become a licensed mental health counselor.
The Bible says we are able to comfort those with the comfort we have received from God. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Paul writes, “Blessed be…the God of all mercies who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” For me, this verse has become my heartbeat, my passion. My encouragement for you today is that whatever you are facing, God is ready and able to comfort you, always. Moreover, at the right time you can comfort others in the way God comforted you on your journey.
What has been of most comfort to you in a time of great need? Who? What? Which scripture has helped you through?