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“Now I truly understand…”

Have you ever gone through something…

And then you realize… that now you truly “understand” what it’s like to go through it, to experience it…

the hardship,

the trial,

the struggle,

the scary health situation,

the feeling of unknown,

the mental spiral,

the very real panic attack,

the challenge,

the mistake,

the failure,

—whatever it could be…

And you realize now, that you were never able to fully “understand” on this kind of level before—

Because you never felt it, you never experienced it in your own life, in your own skin… until now.

And now… you can look at it all so differently.

And now… you’re able to understand what others are going through.

And somehow, it all feels “worth it” to have gained this greater understanding, this deeper level of empathy, this increased capacity, a heart with a deeper level of compassion.

“Oh my goodness… after experiencing this thing for myself, now I understand what people are going through, when I never was able to truly understand on this level before…”

And you realize

that nothing has really been “lost”

but instead

much— has been gained. 💖

Something so valuable has been gained as a result of enduring through and experiencing this “thing.”

No, you have not really lost, but because of Him… you have actually GAINED. 💗✨

Joel 2:25 says,

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”

Jeremiah 30:17 says,

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.”

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”—Isaiah 61:7

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”—2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”—Zechariah 9:12

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”—1 Peter 5:10

We can trust Him to make, even “these things”… into something good.

Into something even more beautiful and more valuable than before…

And You make it all worth it, Lord.

You make it all beautiful. You don’t put anything to waste. ☀️

Thank You, Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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