One of the things I’ve been learning, or maybe have just been being reminded of, is how the difficulties we go through in life equip us to reach out to and help others.
Through sharing about grief and fear and other challenges, I’ve had people step forward and say “Me, too.” Some of them have already gone through the struggles and can help light my path; some need the light from my story to help them.
Each shared struggle makes me think about how God has designed us to live in community. The Bible encourages the older women to teach the younger — and the same with the men. But I know from my experiences as a teacher, that we often learn as much or more from the ones we are teaching as they do from us.
In his work, The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .'”
We begin to see that another soul has something in common with our own, that we indeed are not alone in this world.
Larry and I were in the nursery yesterday morning during church, but I just saw the Facebook video of the solo that asked if anyone had found Jesus faithful. People came with cardboard testimonies, telling the story of how God has been faithful in their lives.
We like to look like we have it all together, to clean up and put a smile on our faces and step out into the world with a confidence that says “I’m good. I’ve got it all together.”
I wonder how much richer our lives and those of others around us would be if we carried around signs that admitted what God has helped us through so that we could shine lights that show His love and faithfulness and goodness to us in the dark places of our lives.