Often times our lives are faced with trials that defy everything that we know. The thing about trials is that they come into every life. No one is immune. It doesn’t matter how much faith one has or how much money one has, trials come. It is how we respond to them that is the most difficult part. Who is there during those dark times of the soul?
It is important to remember that once you become a believer you are a part of a huge body of people. You are not alone. In those dark moments it takes guts to unravel the tragedy to another and our pride can be crushed by our inability to fix it at all, let alone do it on our own.
I know that as a believer I am called to be a minister to the broken and lost. I believe that everything I have gone through has prepared me for that task. I also believe that the trials we go through are not always about us. Often they are meant as a tool to strengthen other people in the body, and for that reason alone we should not hold our trials too tightly to ourselves.
Every single trial I have endured has brought me closer to God. Of course, that does not mean that I haven’t shaken my fist at the Father and cried buckets of tears at His feet. But I have learned that I cannot go through the trials on my own. It takes a village to walk me through my desert times. I need the counsel of others to find my sense of direction and purpose through the crisis of my soul.
One thing I know for sure is that I am only as good as the Word of God I write upon my heart for the sister or brother in need. I must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me through the pain that they are feeling. I must be willing to be a vessel for God’s use for others. Not to make me someone special but to help that part of the body that is hurting so that the whole can be complete – nothing missing, nothing broken.
Take a look at your church and see if there is a place in it where you could be giving counsel or just a listening ear. Perhaps you could visit someone in the hospital or help a person get to church or the grocery store. It is amazing how blessed you will be by helping a sister or brother in need.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Jennifer Reali is a World Impact Associate in Denver, Colorado serving as Ministry Coordinator and Mentor, helping facilitate the TUMI classes, creating and maintaining the denvertumi.org website and blog. The Lord gave Jennie this great calling as she was serving 24 years in prison. She has the privilege of speaking in local Denver prisons to share the same love she found in Christ.