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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
In John 6:12, Jesus tells His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." If you remember, he'd just multiplied five barely loaves to feed the five thousand.
Nothing is wasted in God's economy. Nothing; not broken relationships, broken finances, or broken hearts. Christ gathers the fragments, makes us whole, and multiplies our stories to feed those who hunger for hope. Even in times of physical isolation, we are not alone.
Wherever you stand on the path to healing, 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 willing to 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 the human hands I'd hoped for. Times when I was all but sure I'd go insane from loneliness AND being alone. I've learned that during those times God beckoned for my full attention. If you better relate to this scenario, I encourage you to take the time to talk to God each day. Talk or journal.
Read Bible stories that tell of God's servants during seasons of isolation. Notice how they responded to God. Note the raw emotion they shared, the insight they gained, and the grace at work in their circumstances. Ask God for the wisdom to apply this same insight to your circumstances. And rest assured--isolation is 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.
Peace and good to all,
Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 3:34 PM CDT