Do you have a calendar full of appointments? Any room for a surprise appointment? What do you do if God sovereignly brings someone to you, and neither of you realizes it until it’s over? It’s amazing to watch.
We had an event to just bring friends over for fun and food at church one night. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I socialized with strangers and near-strangers. I’ll admit I prayed for help before it all started. My wife is the social butterfly to my awkward moth.
There I met someone and later was called back to the table to answer a question about the necessity of a program I went through. It got deep after that, their situation is very similar in ways to my own. This was living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
‘Comfort As You’ve Been Comforted’
Pastor Rod often speaks of God using our troubles to help others. If we’ve gone through it, we have the experience and story of how God got us through it to help someone who’s in the middle of it. While our struggles suck, they can be used to bring us closer to God, and be used to help others. I see it in GriefShare all the time.
Here’s something else I want you to think on. There are no coincidences.
Let me explain.
One guy brought his childhood friend to church because he thought they would like it. While there she met one of the head leaders of GriefShare who ‘happened to be interpreting that night for the Deaf’ at church. It wasn’t her normal schedule, she attends and works Sundays.
Later, our friend’s guest meets another friend of ours, who after hearing her story, calls me over. Now she’s talking to someone who’s gone through the grief journey and helps lead GriefShare. Four people sit at that table and speak into her life, giving her encouragement and hope.
None of us expected that to be what happened that night, but God did. Why?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purposes.