Recently someone close to me experienced a significant loss and then another on top of that. Devastation swept over her, and tears fell like rain. Hope was crushed, and the pain was almost unbearable. Yet, even though she felt broken, she turned her focus into helping others. In doing so, she helped walk herself through the sorrow she was feeling. She started a page (sounds familiar) to share her thoughts and feelings, although she did so anonymously. This allowed her to be as transparent about her pain as possible because no one would know it was “her” writing those words and sharing her heartbreak. None of her friends or family would associate the page with her if they stumbled upon it. She was free to lay it all out on the line without holding back. This allowed her to get it out instead of keeping it bottled up inside.
What a healthy way to heal her broken heart!
We have all questioned, even though we are told not to, because we are human! We want to know WHY something bad happened to someone that was trying to live a good life for the Lord. The only answer is because there is sin in the world, so will there be sorrow and pain as well. It almost feels like believers will face more trials and tribulations than sinners. We struggle with how unfair this seems to us who are trying to follow Christ. That is also a very human response, and it is extremely normal to feel this way. Along with what you are dealing with, let shame and guilt go, as you have every right to feel these feelings.
She was surprised to learn of a number of followers to her page; shocked at the response. Here she was sharing her raw grief yet shining like a beacon in the night for those who felt they were alone on the stormy seas of life. People need to know they are not alone!
Maybe God allows bad things to happen to good people so they will reach out and comfort others who are struggling … just as He has comforted us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”