After a second failed marriage, I resigned myself to the fact that I may never have another serious relationship ever again. It hurt so bad, yet I realized that life has a way of moving on with or without me. I didn’t want to be left behind.
I moved out of state to be close to my brother and get involved with his church. Through the pain and hurt that I was still processing, I felt that God had something amazing for me. Little did I know how important having a healthy attitude towards what God might have in store for me would affect my future in such a positive way.
Helping and Healing
I now possessed a heart for people that needed healing from divorce. The pain I experienced would become a resource for change. I saw so many hurting people and I needed to be a part of their recovery. I just didn’t know how to help.
Within 11 months I met and married my wife. I adopted our son and our daughter would be on the way. Within two years we started leading marriage groups at our home. Eventually we were asked to lead a divorce recovery group. After another four years, I felt a shift in how I would be able to help even more people.
Life was not going to leave me behind. Something had been birthed within me to create a blog which started my writing career. A few years later, an opportunity arose to reach millions of people through writing devotional reading plans for the Bible App. I finally started to realize that there was a greater purpose for my pain.
God Could Use Me
Though I felt so unworthy and unqualified to take on any of these opportunities, I knew that God imparted wisdom and knowledge within me that needed to be shared with those going through the healing process from divorce. During the process, I felt like I would never be able to finish what I started. Because of God’s loving patience and grace, I overcame my shortcomings to complete the work that He started.
I came to realize that God could use me, damaged and all, to bring others healing through their time of crisis. I was uniquely gifted and called to help those with divorce healing while inspiring others to use their own life experiences to encourage and love others.
There was something greater to come, a greater purpose. God created a silver lining.
Brent Papineau writes from Florida.
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