A terrific woman named Katie is apart of our group. I went to high school with Katie. She was a senior when I was a freshman. We knew each other a bit then, but it's weird and great to see how we're crossing paths again now - hanging out with each other - now after so many years. Well, during our Bible study, we dig kind of deep with each other. We share personal things ... things that sometimes lead to tears or at least noticeable emotion. .... A couple weeks ago, Katie shared some things that I totally identified with. And this past week, she shared some even deeper stuff that I identified with even more. She had gone through some of the same hurt and guilt that I've gone through - in a similar situation too! And I was so blessed to hear about her trials. Not that I wanted her to be in pain, but it was such a blessing - such an act of God's grace - to bring someone to this Bible study who has gone through similar trials .... someone who is older and who has overcome those trials. And it helped me further realize that God uses our trials to make us stronger but also comfort others.
The first part of 2 Corinthians chapter 1 talks about how God comforts us in our trials so that we can comfort others in their trials. And what a gift that is! It doesn't feel like a gift when we're going through those hard times, but God has a greater purpose for those times. And I got just another glimpse of that at our last WOW meeting. Thank you, Lord, for this special glimpse of your grace.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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 will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.