2 Corinthians 1:3-4 All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort and share it with others in their own struggles. (VOICE)
For a long time I had trouble seeing any good coming from my struggles with a bipolar stepson. Nothing in my life had prepared me for dealing with the kind of behavior I was seeing in him as he went through phases of mania and depression.
I was a little bit mad at God for dropping me into a situation I didn’t understand. But once my stepson had been diagnosed and as I gained some steady footing, I went about the work of learning as much as I could about this illness. Books, support groups, internet research all contributed to a clearer picture of mental illness in all of its forms. Somehow just taking the unknown and giving it a name and learning that many others are dealing with the same thing made it less threatening.
Scripture was an even greater source of learning for me. I love this verse from Corinthians because it assures me that God knew exactly what He was doing by placing me in this family. Already I’ve had a chance to share with others about my struggles and what I’ve learned. The comfort God has given me I have been able to pass on to others and let them know that they’re not alone.
You know, God never wastes anything that He allows us to go through. Whatever you’re facing in your life, God can use to make you stronger, to help you learn to rely on Him, and to share His compassion and comfort with others.