I read this post by Alia Joy and thought it was incredibly poignant and uplifting. She too is being used by Him in the ugliest, most beautiful way: her misery is her ministry.
Weight from a burden I never asked to bear weighed heavily on my heart for what seemed like ages.
The pain isn’t just mental or emotional. There’s a literal physical pain that comes with disappointment and loss. An ache somewhere deep in the chest, as if there really is such thing as heart break. This pain, this heartache is the burden I still bear. The burden that weighs me down, crushes my soul until I’m down on my knees before the One who’s burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
And I know why He says to take His burden.
We reach a place, a black, empty place where we’re so weighted down by our burden to which we hold so tightly, so safely, that we can’t take on another burden. Not our own. Not someone else’s. And not His. And it is there, when we’re quietly, gently reminded to take His burden – the one that is light — that giving up our own burden is the only way we can possibly even take on His.
And our weary soul…
…it finds rest.
Because His burden is light.
For months I battled the Spirit’s prompting me to write about infertility. I knew that this story is one that He wants me to share. In my stubbornness I refused.
With fear I stepped out in obedience. I wrote. I shared. And as I did my silent heart screams became fewer and fewer. The ache in my heart eased, so slight, but so noticeably. And then the realization: when I write about infertility, I write with joy.
Joy because I know I am doing so in obedience to Him.
Joy because so many of you are in someway encouraged and challenged.
Joy because He is receiving glory from my small, but wholly given sacrifice.
Only He can turn our misery into ministry. Only He can turn our failure into faith.
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What is yours? What is your ministry-turned-ministry? Is God getting the glory from it?
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