When I reflect back on so many traumatic events in my life, I recall the pain and hurt. In the middle of those events, sometimes I wondered what God was doing. Yet when I look at my life today, I know those events helped to shape who I am. My faith is deeper for having endured those trials. I am more empathetic toward others who are suffering through tough times.
It makes me consider Hebrews 12:11: “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Could our struggles, our endurance of trauma in our life, be part of a discipline to deepen our faith? There is no doubt in my mind that the trauma I endured tested my faith. It caused me to turn to God in a deep way, some days pleading for Him to take the pain away. It certainly was not joyful and it was very sorrowful.
As hard as those times were, I can look back and see the fruit it has born in my life and the lives of others. The empathy I can show others struggling with the same trauma is validating for them. I have been blessed to see how God used the struggles for His purposes. Yet I also know that in this lifetime I may not ever see some fruit the trauma has born.
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Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. – Hebrews 12:12-13 (NASB)