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In John 6:12, Jesus instructs His disciples to gather up the fragments of bread left over from the five barley loaves He'd multiplied to feed five thousand people. "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
Today, Christ gathers the fragments of our hearts, makes us whole, then multiplies our stories to feed those who hunger for encouragement--assurance that they are not alone.
No matter where you are in the healing process, chances are you have something to give to someone who's not as far along as you. It's also likely that if you're open to receiving help, God has placed someone in your life that will come along side you as you continue to grow.
Who can you encourage today? Who will you allow to encourage you?
A word about seasons of isolation:
There've been times in my life when I reached out for help, but it didn't come from human hands. Times when I believed I'd go insane from loneliness AND being alone. I've learned that during those times God wanted my full attention. If you better relate to this scenario, I encourage you to take the time to talk to God each day. Really talk. Read stories that tell of God's servants during seasons of isolation. Notice how they responded to God. Note the insight they gained, then ask God for the wisdom to apply this same insight to your circumstances. And rest assured--it's only for a season.
Prayer: God, I entrust You with the fragments of my heart. Each day I move toward wholeness. Guide me today. Help me to recognize there is purpose in my life. Provide opportunities for me to be a source of encouragement to others, and grant me the courage to be obedient to what You ask of me. If You want my full attention, let Your very presence be my comfort. I am not alone. I do not suffer in vain. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Published on Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 3:34 PM CDT