It wasn’t until I got to college and I was more independent than I had ever been did I realize just how much pain there was in the world. You hear horror stories on the news like the kind that make you go, “How terrible” but you don’t fully understand until you are surrounded by hurt. Suddenly I was surrounded by people who were hurting or who have been scarred in their lifetime. Sometimes I needed to physically get away from all of the brokenness.

Unfortunately you can never fully escape except through God. With God everything can be made whole. Sinful people cause the sadness and hurt in the world, but when you look to God, you are looking at the one thing that will forever be perfect. With a low spirit I would have to regenerate with God and then I would have to take a deep breath and head back into a broken world.

One of my favorite inspirational speakers, Nick Vujicic (a must youtube search), said “Pain is pain, brokenness is brokenness.” Everyone goes through painful circumstances. Sometimes they’re continual, sometimes they just take you down temporarily. Regardless it is still painful and no matter what it is, God cares about it and He wants to help you through it.

My lowest moment so far in my life came when I was 16 years old. I brought trouble upon myself and I didn’t like the person I was becoming. If an outsider were to look at my situation, they would probably think, “That is not such a big deal.” It was a big deal. I was ashamed that I disappointed the people I loved the most, but I believe with all of my heart that it was supposed to happen. As a result I learned a lot about myself and what I was going to do.

Our “valleys” come in many forms: physical and mental disabilities, broken families, bullying, bad decisions etc. Whatever the case, God can use all things even Satan himself to help us grow into the people He wants us to be. The trick is to stay out of the pit of self pity that traps us like quicksand.

For those of you who have little baggage, praise God, but there is a reason for that. I believe that there are people with little baggage so they can help carry the burdens of others. After a couple of years in college I came to the conclusion that that was one of my purposes. The Bible tells us to “Carry one another’s burdens in love and thus fulfilling the law of Christ.” Christ carries us especially through our valleys; therefore, we must do the same for each other.

I came up with a phrase, though it may not be original, I live by it. “The lower Satan takes you, the higher Jesus can raise you.” Satan can take you down whether it be through situations out of your control or circumstances that you brought upon yourself. Either way, Jesus merely holds out His hand and all you have to do is take hold of it.

God bless.

-LJM

Galations 6:2

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