Out of our wounds comes a blessing. In my own life, I am able to see the wounds left because of having a disconnected alcoholic father. I grew up craving his love and attention. Most times, I was left craving. At times I felt that I did not have value in my father’s eyes, that He didn’t really “see” me. But God… God gave me beauty for my ashes. God showed me that I am loved and valued. Now because of my wounds, I am driven to make others feel that they are of value and worth, no matter what they have done. I want people to know that I “see” them. Out of my brokenness, God now uses it as a blessing, His beautiful masterpiece.
God does not waste our hurts but instead uses them for His glory. There have been many examples of this at Celebrate Recovery. I have continually been astonished at the honesty of members of the group sharing their heart-wrenching stories, in turn how God uses each unique story to comfort others in the group or even lead them to victory in their own lives.
Just this past week a newly recovering addict came for the first time to Celebrate Recovery. This person had the desire to go deeper in the study but came against a roadblock. So another newer attendee of CR, that had just met this new attendee, cleared the roadblock. I was astounded because they were strangers who had just met that evening and they were both used as a blessing to each other.
Did you catch that? Blessing to each other… in community.. finding hope together. That’s the heart of Celebrate Recovery: find hope together in a grace-based environment. You don’t have to do hard stuff alone. Not now. Not ever.
I heard of this exchange as I was lying in bed, sick and had to miss the meeting that night. My eyes started tearing up as I was so astounded at the kindness shown by this attendee as well as the hunger to find hope and healing. God is so good. I was so amazed because when we are in the thick of living in our pit, with our mess all around us, it is difficult to see the needs of others.
But when God starts to bring healing we want to share that hope and healing with others. God takes our mess and restores it into a beautiful masterpiece to be used for his Glory. It reminded me of Isaiah 61.
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
So how has God been able to use your story for His glory? Maybe you have been in the midst of a pit of your own lately and need encouragement from others. Or maybe you have come out of your pit, and are now ready to be a cheerleader to those still in the midst of their pit.
This is what I have seen at Celebrate Recovery, so many blessings out of peoples’ brokenness. What is your next step in being able to see your brokenness, the pits you have been in, as a blessing God could used to mold you into His beautiful masterpiece?
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