Nothing is wasted
You work all things for good
Nothing is wasted
Your promise remains
Forever You reign
Nothing is Wasted. These words sit deep in my heart. They mean that in the worst of circumstances, no matter what mistakes, no matter the pain, no matter the situations in life we do not understand....that in it all, the good and the bad, that nothing is wasted. Every moment serves a purpose in our life, for a reason.
You may think well, that's easy to say but why did my family member die from cancer? Or why was I let go from my job and now I don't know how to put food on the table for my kids. Was that part of my purpose? And I'm alone for the holidays because my family and I do not speak to each other. I assure you, there's not a Heavenly Father looking down on you smiling about your pain and brokenness. Instead, He's up there ready to take all that has held you down and back and rework it so that it is something good in your life, so that you're stronger, so that you are blessed with more time with the family until you get an even better job that you love! So that that loved one is in no pain in Heaven. I certainly cannot describe the pain in your lives nor pretend that I could understand or even endure what you're going through.
But I can tell you....you are not alone. While my mother who will probably read this will not approve, I feel like I should share one of the most intimate stories of my life, because I feel it will encourage you. Something I have never truly spoken of. Nothing is Wasted.....in a time of my life that I was so beaten up and broken down, that everything could not be going right, I endured such a pain that I was numb. It didn't feel like it would ever end and I didn't understand it, so I stopped trying to understand. As a result, I hardened my heart, put up walls, and ignored the pain to the point I was just walking through life like a zombie...NUMB with no Life inside me. I'm ashamed to say that I just wanted to feel again, so I got a tattoo on my ribs saying simply, "Nothing is Wasted." A lyric from a worship song that resonated deep within me. I got that tattoo partly cause they kinda hurt and well, I wanted to feel something other than numbness. But mainly......I got it as a testimony. I don't expect my mother, who realllllly doesn't like tattoos (on me at least) and most to understand that statement. But to me, this wasn't a symbol of pain. It was a reminder that every time I looked in that mirror wondering when the promises of my life would come into fulfillment? That when will I live that life I desire so much to bring hope to people, to make a difference exist?....it was a reminder that Nothing is Wasted, and that if you keep holding on, that if you keep pushing forward, that one day life would be different. That things would pass. Like the song says,"Nothing is Wasted, Your Promise Remains." Those words are my testimony that God can use anything, use anyone, use any circumstance to make His promises in your life true. In my darkest hour, God spoke to me the most.
It says in the Bible that God is closest to the brokenhearted. His peace and love is making me more whole every day as I walk this journey called life. You are not alone friends!! Embrace your struggle. God is working it for good. It may not be today, tomorrow, or even in the relatively short future, but the most important thing is that, IT WILL BE some day.
Consider this....Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process.....When you get a tattoo or any wound for that matter, your body naturally starts a process to heal itself. They say not to pick at the scab of a tattoo, it is in fact an open wound!! And as with any wound, a scar will form and remain. But isn't it awesome that even God can shape our scars? AND scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue!!!!! A scar is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of HEALING!!!! I must add, both my mother and I do not necessarily think badly of tattoos, it was simply no parent or friend would want to see a loved one in pain.
Keep moving forward friends! With every step forward, you are healing and becoming stronger. Now watch how nothing goes to waste in your life! No tear, no miracle, no laugh, no cry, no victory....every single bit of it good and bad, will be used for a greater good in your life!