The season of suffering and being in an unhealthy place often brings out compassion, empathy, love, and understanding as we start entering new seasons.
I was in a dark, unhealthy place in my life for a long period. I was suffering from the grief of lost loved ones not only to the grave but also those that had left me. The ones that had left me were equally as painful and in some cases more painful than those I had lost to the grave. This opened up my abandonment wound from over 40 years ago. There are no words for my pain.
But as I started to breathe again, rise from my ashes of grief, as I started to fight for life because I knew I had a purpose, I realized so much. I realized what others may have experienced with grief and loss. I felt more compassion and empathy for those that had lost family and friends to the grave or that had been left.
We will never understand what it’s like to lose a child until we lose one. We cannot imagine what it’s like for a person we love to walk out of our life until we have someone we love to walk out on us. We cannot identify with abandonment until we have experienced it. We only know what we have experienced. Until then it’s all imaginable with compassion.
I’m thankful for my season of suffering. I appreciate that I hit the bottom to understand what I had in me. My dark place brought a teacher to teach me what others have experienced and to give me more compassion for humanity as they suffer with their pain and wounds.
The Bible says in Ephesians to “always give thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father.” I know it’s easier said than done but we must know that our grief, pain, and season of suffering can shed light on not only our wounds but identify with others. And isn’t that what it’s all about, is to help each other by extending our hearts with love, empathy, and compassion?
Keep going and keep growing on the journey to the land of “Healed”.