Thursday, September 24, 2009

"God does not waste a hurt"

I was reading a post on Remember All the Way's blog this morning and it got me thinking. She said that "I honestly don't think I'd be where I am, spiritually, had it not been for this chapter of my life!!" I have had that same exact thought many times. God will use these trials in our lives for His glory. I heard a quote somewhere that said "God will not waste a hurt." Normally it is in those hurts that we learn to trust Him and we grow the most. Who knows the many many ways that the Lord will use this hurt, and our growing relationship with Him is just one of those ways. I believe that my relationship with Him would not be what it is today without my infertility struggles.

It made me think of the song "God Speaking" by Mandisa. You can listen to the whole song here . The part that it made me think about is...

"Who knows how He’ll get ahold of us?
Get our attention to prove he is enough.
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to.
To tell us, I love you.

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange
What could be stranger than God in a manger?"

He does work in some strange ways, but the Lord's seemingly strange ways are MUCH better than my ways. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9) His plans often don't make sense to us because we have such a limited world view. We can't see the whole picture, but God can. Dr. James Dobson, in his book When God Doesn't Make Sense says, "trying to analyze His (God's) omnipotence is like an amoeba attempting to comprehend the behavior of man." We simply cannot do it. But we do know that "all the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful." (Psalm 25:10) I have mentioned this before, but it might not be until we are in heaven that we know all the "whys" of life. We might not know until then why the Lord allowed this particular hurt in our lives. "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1 Corinthians 13:12.) But I love it when the Lord does answer some of those "whys" to the hurts we are experiencing! And seeing my relationship grow with Him is definitely one of the many reasons He is allowing us to go through this. The method might seem strange to me...But strange to Him? Not so much.

I am just excited to see how else He will use this hurt!


  1. I feel the same way as you :) God is working, whether we can see His ways or not!! That is one of my favorite songs, because I *always* feel like God is in beautiful sunrises...

    You'll be in my prayers!

  2. I have recently seen how God has used past hurts to prepare me for a particular ministry. It is so amazing to see God redeem our greatest hurts and use them for His glory. You are right it is exciting!

    I have left several comments and I keep getting an error message - I will check back to see if any of them have gone through.

  3. I have recently learned of a special organization recently formed to offer support, friendship and resources for parents like you - and me - who had to rock their babies into Jesus' arms. It was begun my two mommies whose hearts have been broken and restored by God's grace. I thought you and readers may want to know about "Rock Goodbye Angel".
    Here's the website:
    The Heart Mom