August 30, 2020
There are two ways people think after surviving trauma. Either God did it to them, or God saved them.
If you believe that God did it to you, it makes it very hard to hope or even pray. It is even harder if someone says, "God only gives us what we can handle" as if telling us that God did it on purpose, would be comforting.
Yet if we believe we were saved, then we not only have hope and find it empowering to pray, we also live believing there is some purpose to our lives, not our suffering.
We just had an example of that with the passing of Chadwick Boseman. He died after a long battle with cancer, yet all the time he was suffering, he was giving hope and inspiration to others.
"Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is and how you need to fight it," he told the class of 2018.
"Whatever you choose for a career path, remember, the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose," he said. "When I dared to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds, no hopes or talents, when I questioned that method of portrayal, a different path opened up for me, the path to my destiny."
Everyone of us can take our own pain that we felt, and help others carry their own, if we really understand that what caused the pain was not sent to us, but what came afterwards, we are empowered to use to help heal the world.
English Standard Version
A Time for Everything 3
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.