It’s All for Something

I had dinner with a friend the other night and as I was sharing a story she reminded me that God uses everything.

The pain. The tears. The heartache. The sickness. The loss. The bad news. The hard day.

It’s all for something. All of it.

Sure enough as I was looking at my draft folders I found a draft from March with the subject line, “It’s All for Something” and I knew it was time to write this post and publish it. Let me give you some background on why she reminded me of this truth. I was sharing with her about the anxiety I had experienced a few weeks ago (and how miserable it was) which I already mentioned briefly here. And just as I had realized the week before and just has she had reminded me again, it’s all for something.

As awful and as debilitating as it was, there was something so beautiful about what I went through. All of a sudden I was able to relate to what so many experience on a daily basis, anxiety. Over the week that I wasn’t feeling well I was shocked with how many people could relate, including many friends locally, but also so many in my Moms in the Making group. And the beautiful thing about it? Do you remember the blog post I recently shared about praying for the breakthrough you desire or need? Well guess what, I decided to pray over those who were going through the exact same thing I was. I hosted a live facebook video where I shared scriptures, encouraged them and prayed over them too. (saved here). And the best part? Ever since I prayed for those wanting healing from anxiety, I have been completely healed of all anxiety. After a week of hell where I could barely function, I am 99% back to myself again.

So my anxiety? It was all for something. It wasn’t from God, but he sure did use it in such a sweet way.

The story didn’t end there because just a few days later we had a new member attend our local Moms in the Making Group that meets at my house and she shared something that I’m not sure has ever been brought up before during our group. Just that morning she had experienced an anxiety attack. And the Lord reminded me again that my pain was all for something. To be able to relate to her meant everything to me, and hopefully something to her too.

God doesn’t let any pain go to waste. Bombings. Car wrecks. Infertility. Bankruptcy. Divorce. He uses it all.

So whatever you are going through or whatever you have been through, it’s all for something. You might not know what the something is until after you go through it and it doesn’t mean the pain you experience will be forgotten, but it does mean that he will redeem and restore it and someway, somehow, use it for good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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  • Jen
    Posted at 06:48h, 24 May Reply

    Dear Caroline, At church this morning I was moved to ask for prayer for you. We all prayed for “Caroline, who is prayerfully waiting for a breakthrough.” Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing.

  • Elle sees
    Posted at 08:25h, 24 May Reply

    I’ve been suffering from bad anxiety lately–a lot of changes will be happening soon–so I wouldn’t mind some relief!!

  • Pamela Kuhn
    Posted at 09:43h, 24 May Reply

    I love those words, “It wasn’t from God but He used it in a sweet way.” When we lost Sarah people would tell us it happened so RB’s sister would come to Christ or maybe it was because Sarah wouldn’t follow God and many other things. The day I realized it wasn’t because of anything but God was such a comfort. It made it easy to say, “Use our pain to help others.” I’m praising God with you over your anxiety healing.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:44h, 24 May Reply

    So comforting to remember.
    I heard a podcast the other day on focus on the family that was talking about being in hard times? It’s God just positioning you to use you mightily. I loved that idea.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:21h, 24 May Reply

    I was going to say Romans 8:28 when I saw this post – He will work it all out!

  • Terri
    Posted at 12:36h, 24 May Reply

    He has it all in control, it is all in his timing and his timing is perfect

  • The Barefoot Warrior
    Posted at 16:13h, 24 May Reply

    “God doesn’t let any pain go to waste.”
    Such beautiful, comfort in those words.
    We can sometimes become so wrapped up in our pain,
    that we forget that He is has the ultimate control.
    We forget that He never leaves us,
    or forgets about us.
    He can take anything, and use it for His glory.
    And, He is so, so good at making beauty from ashes!

  • Alice Mills
    Posted at 21:21h, 24 May Reply

    That is a very comforting thought. I have been through a lot and sometimes it feels like meaningless suffering.

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 07:57h, 25 May Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this breakthrough and healing from anxiety. Sometimes that “me too” makes all the difference when you are sharing a story.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 08:51h, 25 May Reply

    He wastes nothing, and it takes a great step of faith to be able to see this even in the most dire circumstances. You are such a light friend. And I’m happy to hear that you are feeling better.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 19:29h, 25 May Reply

    God can certainly redeem anything for His glory. So thankful for your friend that reminded you of this and how God used your time of anxiety to help others.

  • Scott LaPierre
    Posted at 23:45h, 25 May Reply

    Hi Caroline,
    This is a good reminder. Trials are always difficult, but when we can keep in mind that God doesn’t waste our suffering, they can be made that much easier. Plus, I think keeping in mind that they’re conforming us into the image of Christ gives us the perspective we need.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 14:05h, 26 May Reply

    Anxiety is real and so hard to deal with…I’ve struggled with it for years. It is hard to understand, until you walk through it and really experience how hard it is. I don’t know what any of us would do without Jesus to turn to!

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