Give me a word, Lord: COMFORT

Isaiah 51:12-13 “I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction?

COMFORT! That is something that we all desire, yet it seems to be something that is so hard to attain, especially if we are trying to find the comfort in and of ourselves. We are all going though trials, some trials are much greater than others, and at the end of the day, all we want to do is collapse in our big old bed, pull the sheets up, and wrap ourselves up in our comforter. I have never really given the fact that bed coverings are called comforters until this very minute, but what a great name for that piece of bedding. Yes, after all of the trials and triumphs of each day, we desire and seek our Comforter.

Isaiah 51 reminds us where we actually can find comfort, or rather we can find Who comforts us. That bed feels nice indeed, but if our mind is still racing and wrestling the trials of the day, that bed will not bring us the comfort we are really seeking. No, my friends, that comfort is found in Christ alone. We struggle to understand why God allows specific situations into our lives. We know that His ways and purposes are far greater and well beyond our limited understanding, We wrestle with the suffering, but with Christ, we realize that the suffering is never wasted. Each and every circumstance that we walk through with Christ makes us more like Him and brings glory to Him.

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. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) God promises that He will comfort us in our troubles if we trust in Him, and by doing so, we will be able to comfort others who are in troubled times. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? I’m not saying that God gives us trouble so that we can relate to others in trouble, but just think about that for a moment. The experiences that we endure in this life help us to grow in Christ, and when someone comes into our lives that is going through a similar experience, because of our good God provided loving comfort to us through the situation, we too can be a comfort to another who is going through a similar situation. Our experiences grow us to be like Christ, and we get the wonderful joy of being a comforter to others as Christ is a comforter to us.

I truly believe with my whole being that God placed me on the career path that I am on. I fought it. I didn’t want to be a family nurse practitioner. I wanted to do acute care, but God turned the steering wheel and put me on this path. Oh, I’ll admit, I’ve had good days that let me know this is my calling, but lately, I’ve had a whole lot of bad days that have made me doubt my calling. I’ve actually talked to God on several occasions and asked Him if He was sure that this was where He wanted me to be. COVID-19 has gotten me down more than one day of every week, and I’ve thanked God repeatedly for the wonderful job that I have, but there are days that I just get tired, y’all. I’m serious. When more than 30 people register in the first two hours that the clinic is open, and I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I ask God, “Are you really, really sure this is what you want me to be doing? I mean, God, really, are you sure?” It is then that He sends His Comforter to provide the reassurance and comfort that I am looking for. He allows me to spend time with a patient who has lost a loved one, and I can draw on the experience of losing my mom as I try to comfort them. He allows me to help alleviate the fears of one who has just been diagnosed with COVID-19 as I relate my experience with having COVID-19. He allows me to comfort those who have come out of troubled marriages as I share a bit of my past troubled marriage that ended only for God to bless with a wonderful Christian husband that I now have. He gives me opportunity after opportunity to share His love and the gospel with those cross my path. I get text messages from patients thanking me for my caring spirit. I receive thank you cards in the mail thanking me for my compassionate care. But I can’t take credit for any of that, my friends. It is God who has pulled me through trial after trial to put me right here where He wants me to be. It is Christ alone that deserves the thanks!

He is my strength. He is my comforter. We are all weak, and we can not walk through this crazy world alone, and God doesn’t intend for us to do so. Let the Comforter wrap His loving arms around you today and comfort you, and then, share that comfort with those you come in contact with today and everyday!

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