Middle of a Storm

At a Christian retreat, Terri was sitting at the dinner table with her 13 year old daughter and several other women. Other than her daughter, she knew none of the ladies at the table.

When her daughter left the table, Terri began to weep. Why? She began to tell her story. 

Three children. Her oldest - thirteen. Then her middle child who had multiple sclerosis. And her baby, who had numerous birth defects.

She was taking care of all of them while her husband had been on a tour of duty in the military. When her husband came home, he seemed distant.

Terri noticed a lump on the back of her neck and went to the doctor for a biopsy. She knew it was bad news when they called her to come to the office to get her test results.

While she was waiting in the doctor's office a woman walked up to her and said "I've been having an affair with your husband." That news, then, the doctor told her she has Stage 4 cancer. 

When she told her husband he left immediately and has had no contact with her or the children since.

But that was not why Terri was weeping at the table.

She had been a counselor for teenaged girls at her church. Some people were telling her, "You can't do this anymore, with all that's going on." Heartbroken, the ladies at the table sweetly reminded her, "God will use the tragedy you're going through to help you minister to others.”

Some of the greatest times of ministry are when we are in the middle of a storm. Are you allowing God to use your storm for His glory?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Acts 27:13-26

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Know that God loves you and He cares for you.

Trust that even in the midst of pain, God can use you for His purposes.

Ask God for strength when you are weak and for wisdom when the world seems to be against you.

Remember John 15. Abide in Christ and He will abide in you!