I talk a lot about being strong and conquering fear when faced with a battle. However, it’s been weighing on my mind a lot lately that there are two sides to this. We can’t all be strong all the time. I wish it was possible. I wish we could all be superheroes of our lives every single day. But you know what, we’re not God. We’re human. We can’t be strong all the time. So where does that leave us? It leaves us exactly where God wants us. In need of Him. Here’s what can be hard to understand with that, God uses others to be His hands, His words, His love, His grace, His mercy, His everything!
It’s easy to judge others. It’s easy to sit and think that the someone else’s life is perfect. It’s easy to think that someone isn’t fighting hard enough for what they want. We can look at a social media profile and think “geez that woman has it made!” But before we judge, before we assume, before we think someone doesn’t need our help, lets take a step back. Close your eyes and imagine a time in your own life that was especially hard. Did you blurt your pain out to the world? Shout it from the rooftops to ask for help and beg for love? Probably not. Most people don’t. Most people hide their pain and suffering. So many people hide it well. Too well. It’s difficult to ask for help or allow ourselves to be vulnerable. Think of that quote we all know so well…
Do not judge her, for you do not what storm I have asked her to walk through. ~God
How many times have you laid your head on your pillow at night and felt alone. Stood in the shower and cried, tears and water mixing as one. The sound of the sobs deep in your gut muffled from the shower head washing away the tears. Only to get dressed and go to work, with a smile on your face, your coworkers none the wiser to the pain your going through.
This is what I’m talking about. We never know what storm someone is going through. Give Grace Always! Show compassion and understanding and let God lead you to the person that needs you. Ever feel that pang in your heart suddenly thinking of someone? Just a random and out of the blue thought. It could be an aquaintance that maybe you don’t see often, that coworker you don’t normally speak to, or a fellow mom at school. God places those thoughts in our hearts. Those people need you. Whether you think they’re doing amazing or not. Be the kind soul that reaches out with a kind gesture or a text with a simple “hey I’m not sure why but you’ve been on my mind and I just wanted to say I hope you have a great day!” Sometimes that’s all it takes for someone to open up, or to give them hope for a brighter tomorrow. For that person to know that God is listening and answering their prayers.
I have no idea why this post was on my heart. I’ve been thinking these thoughts but had a sudden urge to write it. As I type this it brings tears to my eyes because I know that someone out there is reading this and needed to read this because they’re hurting deeply. One of you is facing a painful situation and my heart breaks for you. My prayers are with you, and I want you to know that you are not alone.
I’ve been down roads of pain and heartache, defeat and fear. I had to learn to trust and let that pain out to someone. To allow others to comfort me and be there for me. I also had to rely on my own strength that God gave me. To take that persons hand while they helped me up, and at the same time using my own strength to remain standing.
The moral of the story is this. Don’t judge others by the perceived life they lead. Don’t assume everyone is as strong as you. God chooses the weak to lead the strong because the strong sometimes need the veil lifted from their eyes.