Have you ever wanted to rewrite some chapters of your childhood?
As a little girl, I constantly waited for a Cinderella fairy tale to unfold on the stage of my life, much in the same way I saw it captured in my favorite Disney movie. I wanted to be rescued from what I felt to be my invisible prison: a fatherless daughter in a single parent home.
I longed for a man to sweep in as Prince Charming, pledging to fulfill those roles of husband and father. I imagined the clock of life striking midnight and being whisked away to a ball, where I transformed into a beloved princess dancing away with her daddy. I waited year after year for this “happily ever after” to come in the chapters of my childhood. But it never did.
Instead, chapter after chapter seemed to end with undeniable grief. By the time I grew up and headed to college, I was weary of waiting for my “happily ever after” to come in life.
I wondered how to move forward into the unwritten chapters of my adulthood. I remember thinking, Where would my greatest grief take me, and would it hinder me from a more joyous future?
As a college freshman, I felt utterly overwhelmed by this grief of an absent father. That is, until I started bringing my grief to the loving arms of my Heavenly Father. And you know what happened when I brought Him the grief?
He transformed the grief into grace. Indeed, grief became a gracious teacher to usher me more to the embrace of my Abba Father.
As I chose to rest in His embrace and trust His heart, I began to learn that my grief could be a platform to elevate the sufficiency of God’s grace.
Throughout college and in the years that followed, I started to grasp and own this eternal truth: the gospel transforms our pain into a platform for elevating the grandeur of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
And it’s so true. The times I had the biggest platform for Jesus happened when someone connected to my pain of fatherlessness, and then wanted to hear where God met me in all of it.
The same is true for you and your greatest grief, friend.
God desires to transform your pain into a platform to display the grandeur of the gospel.
And that grandeur is the abundant grace of Jesus weaving a beautiful tapestry of redemption in your unique story.
When you and I embrace our pain as a platform for Jesus, something magnificent happens. Our darkest, deepest griefs become illuminated stages of God’s grace that captivate an audience-this chaotic world in search of hope and healing only found in Jesus.
We have this chance to be agents of God’s comfort, as II Corinthians 1:4 reminds us, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
So friend, let’s embrace God’s promise to use our pain as a platform for others to know the comfort and grace of Jesus.
You and I may never have a Cinderella fairy tale of a childhood to remember. But we are looking forward to something far better.
We can rest assured Jesus is writing our ultimate “happily ever after” in displaying the grandeur of His grace on the platform of our pain.
Scripture to Savor: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” II Corinthians 1:4
Reflect and Respond: What specific pain in your life can be used as a platform for the gospel? What would it look like for God to use this pain to bless others?