I know I have a blessed life. I live in opulence and have more than I will ever need. My kids are healthy, I have money in the bank, I have a beautiful roof over my head and a spunky little car to get around in. My life is grand!
I do have things though I am trusting God for. But I get to trust within a life spared of tragic circumstances, grief, sickness, and death.
I was reading in my Voice of the Martyrs magazine this week about three families, each having one or several of their loved ones killed because they love Jesus.
One family was a family of four, like mine. A dad, mom, son and daughter, like mine. They had moved from South Africa to Afghanistan to train up leaders in ministry to reach the Muslim population with the good news of Jesus. One day last November, the Taliban attacked the compound where they lived. The dad, teenage son and the teenage daughter all died in the rampage. In seconds, this mother's life changed forever.
I wept over this woman's loss. I prayed for her, my sister in Christ, whom I have never met, but in reading her story felt a closeness to.
I sat there and wondered about my life. My circumstances. My situations I am needing God's provision in. My requests. I took my eyes off of me and bore another's burden, if only for a moment and God helped give me His perspective.
You've heard the saying, "No matter what you are going through, there is someone else going through something worse."
Well...this is true...a lot of the time. But God's perspective is this...we all matter to Him. Whatever we are walking through, it all matters to God. He is just as involved and engaged with my life as He is with the mother whose loss is unimaginable.
What perspective gives us is someone else to pray for. Someone else to feel for. Someone else to stand with. Someone else to love. It doesn't make our situations less painful or stressful, but it does help us remember we are not alone. And sometimes, that simply helps.
Thank You Lord for giving us all a new perspective on what we are walking through. Please be with every hurting person and wrap them in your love. Amen.