Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Compassionate Rain

I recently had the opportunity to see Tricia Goyer speak at a women's function. I fully enjoyed her and am enjoying her newest release, The Valley of Betrayal. It's set in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 and based on historical facts as well as being a great read!

As I sat listening to Tricia's talk, she mentioned a passage, 2 Corinthians 1:2-7. I've really landed there, smack dab in the middle of that concept. It's all about God being the Father of compassion and comfort. Verses 4-5 stand out to me, "...who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."

Have you ever thought about your troubles being a place where God chooses to overflow compassion and comfort on you? It's not about The Big Guy who "won't give you more than you can handle, " but about drenching us in compassion. So much compassion that it overflows. Ever forget to turn the water off in a sink? Or watch a toddler fill a bucket with the hose? Yes. Overflowing, past the top and out onto everything near.

Help us, Oh Lord, to recognize a good drenching of your overflowing compassion and comfort in our troubles. Then, please teach us to water the thirsty with an abundance of Your comfort. Grant us the clear sight to see those that are going through similar troubles. Send us out to share.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

As writers, we have the awesome opportunity to shower compassion and comfort onto our characters as we resolve the ends of our stories. Through this, have you ever wondered if the ripple effect might cause a wave to reach the reader?

May God shower, overflow, and rain His compassion and comfort down on you that you may do the same for someone else in their trouble time.

Angie

4 comments:

  1. Great post. I have a friend who seems to go through so much. Illnesses in her family, work struggles, etc....
    I told her once she is a great comforter to those in positions that she has been in.
    God equips all of us in different way. Being compassionate is a gift.
    And yes, I think there is a ripple effect from the pages of a book to a reader.

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  2. Beautiful post, Angie.

    I wanted to share that my family went through a horrible experience in the violent death of my father in law in 2001. We still grieve him nearly 6 years later.

    A deacon at my church always seemed to take to my husband and I. We started attending this church shortly after my father in law's death.

    This deacon knew we had lost our father in a violent way, and always seemed to be the one to cross the sanctuary to speak to us and ask us how we were doing. I always thought this was nice of him, but my husband and I tend to be skeptical of others some times. I took this man's kindness for granted.

    Though my husband and I stopped going to church for a while, we've returned and I can tell you this man, five years later still reaches out to us.

    Recently, I found out he lost his daughter almost twenty years ago in a similar, violent manner. God showed me this man's compassion for our situation stemmed from his own experience, an experience probably worse than what my family went through.

    You never know anyone else's situation, where their heart is, or what path they've walked, but showing compassion for someone else in their time of need is sowing a seed that the Lord will see flourish.

    Thank you again for this post, Angie.

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  3. You're right, Angie. I think too often we forget about God's compassion and comfort.

    Thanks for a great post. And Christy, thanks for sharing your experience. It's amazing how God reaches out to us through others.

    Missy

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  4. Thank you so much for your great comments:-) And Christy, I am honored to have heard your families experience.
    Angie

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