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Here we are in the waiting. We are past the newness of this season and now we are beginning to feel the depth of the hurt while we wait. It can be a difficult place to live.
In the waiting…
There is a resounding theme in all of this waiting, though. As Christians, no matter what we are going through, we have a source of comfort.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV)
This comfort that we receive is not known to the world.
To the world, it may seem crazy that we can find comfort,
while waiting to hear if it’s cancer.
while mourning the loss of yet another miscarriage.
while we wait for over five years to become a mother.
while we wait for another answer from a job interview.
while we wait to find a husband.
For Christians, it is possible to find comfort in our afflictions.
Not only that.
But, go back and read the second part of that verse…
We receive comfort so that we can give comfort.
I pray that you find comfort today in whatever you are experiencing, waiting or otherwise. However, beyond that, I pray that you would look in your life for someone who may need to know the same comfort that you have found.
Isn’t it funny that God uses hurt and broken people to help hurt and broken people?
Today, you can be God’s hands and feet to someone hurting. Look around, I bet you can find someone that needs some encouragement, needs someone to help them refocus their gaze upward, needs to feel some comfort.
That comfort may come in the form of a hug and a short line that says, “I’ve been praying for you.”
Or maybe some cookies and a reminder that you’re available to talk.
Or maybe some flowers and a note.
Or maybe a meal to offer at least a few moments to breath.
Question for you:
Have you been on the receiving end of someone extending their comfort to you? What did they do to give comfort?
This post is part of my 31 Days of Waiting series. Read all the posts in the series here.