First I wanted to give you a smile, a big smile, because in every circumstance my God is good. Last week, I was listening to the song, ‘Even If’ by Mercy Me on repeat, and it made me think about how in every situation God has brought into my path, there is always a way to praise. There is always a way to shine light on the darkness, to see how God’s goodness can bring hearts to repentance, how God’s goodness can transform hearts. This past week has been a huge lesson to me in why sharing even my struggles have reminded me of God’s goodness. This week I’ve learned that when you share your heartaches with others, you’ll be amazed at how God uses the perspectives and wisdom of others to truly uplift and encourage your heart to look to Jesus.
Sharing your struggles is HARD. It’s like peeling back layers and layers and revealing the underbelly of what you’re really struggling with, the thing that wants to hide in the darkness. Yet my Lord Jesus Christ declares in John 8:12, ‘Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ Jesus likes to bring darkness to the light. He convicted people of sin, and He cleansed them of their sin. He forgave them, because Jesus came to set us free of those struggles, those sins that bind us, that want to chain us down to hell and death.
When I’m not sharing my struggles it’s is a way of thinking that Jesus isn’t powerful enough to forgive, to cleanse even the darkest, hardest, most vile parts of me. It’s a way of saying, ‘Has Jesus set me free?’ The truth is 1000% YES. Jesus Christ has set me free from that law of sin and death, and that’s why I need to share that He has set me free and I am never going back to that bondage.
I am a sinner, and Jesus Christ came for sinners.
I’ll never forget laying on that bathroom floor and feeling so desperate, feeling so dirty, feeling hopeless, vile, without the comfort of knowing God, of knowing Jesus and sins forgiven.
I knew those things in my head, but it was when the struggles came that the rubber met that road.
Since then every struggle, each part of those struggles, has been an encouragement, a deep encouragement to my soul, knowing that God has preserved my life from destruction. He has truly plucked my feet out of every miry pit.
You need to share your struggles so you can share how God was and is your Redeemer, how He plucked you from it.
Psalm 78: 34-35, ‘
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.’
I can’t explain how I was struggling hard last week, struggling emotionally, struggling with feelings of desperation about the future, confused, and yet learning that God is good and that His timing is not my timing.
God works in mysterious ways. He brings us to our knees so we can’t think that we can depend ourselves any longer. He takes an eating disorder. And He makes us see how we NEED Jesus or else we can’t survive.
I am so thankful for many girls and guys sharing their struggles online and even through messages and emails, because each story of struggle is also a story of victory in Jesus.
So please share your struggles. I was able to share my struggles this past week (not ED related) with my parents and siblings, and I was so impacted and thankful for the wisdom of many friends and counselors.
The Final Word?
Friends are that gift from God. Family is that gift from God that you need to help you get through your eating disorder. Don’t draw back from them. Draw closer. Share your struggles with those trusted friends, and you’ll be amazed how God uses them in your life to help you recovery.
Do you like to share your struggles or is it hard?
What makes it hard for you to share your struggles with others?
Are you more of an open book or do people have to pry you open to get you to share?