One day I was watching some videos with a lady who was telling “her story”. She was sharing some of her life experiences and how God brought her through. She was on a journey of empowering other women to share their story as well. One lady was commenting on how she was impacted by this lady’s story and then made the following statement, “Hurt people hurt people but healed people heal people!”
What that lady said stuck with me and I began to look at how profound and truthful this statement is. Hurt people do hurt people but sadly not as many healed people heal people. I believe that many times we are too afraid or ashamed to tell our stories and/or help someone else through what we went through. This could be for a number of reasons and the reasons differ from one individual to another.
However, we are indeed healed, saved, delivered, liberated to bring forth the same to others who are in need of it. When we survive the situations we go through, I believe it is in order for us to help others who have been through or who are going through or who will go through the same or similar things.
It is for a testimony to them that the difficult times they are experiencing will not last forever and indeed joy will come in the morning. This will help to normalize others’ challenging times, helping them to understand that they are not alone and unique in what they are going through. We are to give them hope as well as reveal to them that the God who has brought us through can and will bring them through.
The things we experience in life are not in vain. They do not lack rhyme or reason. I believe that our experiences- good and bad – serve two purposes: for us to find purpose in and through them and for the LORD to receive the glory from them.
David said in Psalm 51 CJB, “Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, so that the bones you crushed can rejoice. Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out all my crime. Create in me a clean heart, God; renew in me a resolute spirit. Don’t thrust me away from your presence, don’t take your Ruach Kodesh away from me. Restore my joy in your salvation, and let a willing spirit uphold me. THEN I will teach the wicked your ways, and sinners will return to you.”
The Psalmist not only desired to be restored but after he had been restored to lead others to restoration as well.
As we experience everyday living, let us make the conscious decision to attempt to find purpose in our fears, in our difficulties, in our weaknesses, in our challenges and ultimately in our victories; then walk in the fulfillment of it while extending a helping hand to guide others going through the processes we overcame.
Healed to Heal