I will never forget the day when Joy told me that God was using me in her story. That was the highest compliment I have ever received. No doubt, a treasure found in the dust of life.
"I wanna play a part
Of somebody finding hope
Somebody finding hope in God of Heaven"
Joy isn't her real name, of course. But as I thought of names to use for her, this was the one that jumped out in my mind as perfect.
I'm sure right about now she is thinking I'm nuts, but the reason this is the perfect name for her is because one day, she WILL be filled with joy. One day, the sadness and hurt will be wiped away. One day she will be completely healed.
"I wanna play a part
Of somebody finding comfort
Somebody finding comfort when their hurting"
Somebody Else's Story is a song written by John Waller. (You can listen to it by clicking on the link) I was listening it in the car this week, and remembered Joy and how she said God is using me to make a difference in her story.
"I wanna be the one
To shine the light of Jesus
Into their darkness"
When God reaches down to the deepest darkest hurts and brings light, dispells shame and heals you there... you just want to share that with someone! You want to help somebody else.
"This hope in me was not meant to be
Contained inside I've got to give it away"
When God brought me Joy to share with, the joy ran...runs deep in my soul. Somehow the events of the past make more sense...it is somehow ok-er than it was.
"So lead me to that someone I pray
Lord, I wanna bring you glory
In somebody Else's story"
I was overcome with gratefulness and joy, that God has done such a work in my own life that he can use my story to help others and bring glory to Himself.
That's what it is all about, really. We are comforted so we can comfort others.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Whether it is being able to comfort others in having children with special needs and autism, or dealing with life threatening food allergies and asthma, or sharing the hope and comfort God rains down in the midst of Rheumatoid Arthritis with someone else who has it, or healings of tragic events of the past, it is a treasure and honor, an absolute joy to be able to be a part of somebody else's story and bring God glory.
(All quotes are lyrics from John Waller's song, Somebody Else's Story)