Blessing From Serving Others

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28

 Have you ever experienced those times when tragedy or heartache seem to hit you out of left field? When your heart is left crushed into tiny pieces and you wonder, “Lord, why was this necessary?”

 I recently went through a time like this. When I was left clinging to promises of hope from the Word despite the fact that I felt hopeless.

 My husband, Chris, and I had recently found out we were expecting a baby. We had told our family and close friends and my heart could only be described in one word: full. I was overwhelmed with the Lord’s blessings in my life.

 The next morning, that joy quickly turned to grief. Chris had to take me to the hospital because I had begun to miscarry. And we lost our baby.

 As my husband and I held each other in that hospital room, crying and grieving the loss of our precious child, I couldn’t help but wonder what good the Lord could possibly bring out of such terrible tragedy. I had no answers, but all I know is I had to trust Him.

 Well, a month or two passed, and the wounds began to heal (Ps. 147:3). Tears gave way to smiles, because the Lord had been with us and comforted us every step of the way.

 I began to volunteer at our local Crisis Pregnancy Center, and the Lord used that greatly to show me how to get outside of my own grief and life, and care for women who had also lost their babies–and for the women who didn’t want their babies.

 It’s amazing to me how when we serve other people, our own problems and sorrows give way to empathy and care for those hurting.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2

 I believe one of the many ways the Lord used this tragedy in my life is to show me the joy and the blessings that come from serving others. The empathy I am able to give the women who have lost babies at the CPC would not be there had it not been for the fact that I have walked through that same grief. I was reminded of the verses in 2 Corinthians 1:

“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.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 So I encourage those of you who have also walked through tragedy and hard times…which is pretty much all of us… use that to help others. Ask the Lord to show you where He would have you serve. Because we are called to this. And you will be surprised and encouraged by the amount joy you receive from it!

 

Courtney Cumbest is a sinner saved by grace and a die-hard Alabama football fan. She enjoys photography, country music, spending time with friends and family, and shooting guns in her spare time. She was a Precept Intern in 2012 and describes it as one of the most life-changing experiences of her life. Courtney met Chris at the intern program and were married in 2013. 

 

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