Storm Chaser • Devotion #4: Lean on Me
Donna Fox | Assistant to the Growth Pastor
You have faced the storm. You have gone into the storm. You have come out of the storm. You survived! You are stronger because of it. Maybe you are not physically stronger, but spiritually stronger. Now what? How can you use your experience for God’s glory?
If you have lost a loved one, join a GriefShare group. We have a great group that meets every Wednesday night. Sharing your story of survival and how you coped may be just the story someone needs to hear. If you have suffered addiction, or come from a family touched by it, check out The Road. This group meets every Tuesday night and is always looking for people who can empathize with their situations. Did you go through a cancer scare? So are many others around us. Reach out and offer to talk (or rather listen!) as they may just need someone to talk to today that has been through it and understands.
How can you help someone in need? First, take them to Scripture. They may not be strong enough to open the Bible and find the right verses of comfort, but you have been there, you know what might help. Write it down on a 3 x 5 card so they can find it easily and read it repeatedly. Next, pray for them. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” Intercessory prayer is very powerful. Another thing you could do is to send a card or text of encouragement. Let them know you are available to talk anytime.
If we humble ourselves and put ourselves in others shoes, we begin to realize what they are feeling and how sharing our experiences might help them through it. In 1 Peter 3:8, Peter writes to Christians, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” Paul also encourages empathy in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
It has been said: You are either going into a storm, you are in a storm, or you have just come out of a storm. In any case, it is God’s plan, and God will carry you through it. He wants you to learn from it and grow from it. When you reach out to another going through a similar situation, you will bless them. Who knows, sometimes it is the other way around and YOU are the one who receives the blessing! Reach out today.