We all encounter unique life experiences for a reason. Sometimes that reason is evident from the onset, and other times, it becomes apparent as time passes. The latter held true for me when I worked with a particular patient and his mother.
Upon following up with the unresponsive patient, I met his mother for the first time at the bedside and offered support. During my visit, she shared details regarding the patient’s background—details about the limited use of his left arm and hand and his questioning of “Why, God?” towards his disability. As she shared, I noticed her glancing a couple of times at my left upper extremities, becoming aware in the connection of our stories.
Even though I never verbally spoke a word about my struggles, it was in the silence that I was able to share my story, empathizing with her son’s physical and spiritual grievances. The author Iyanla Vanzant quotes, “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you, and your story will heal somebody else.” Thus, each of us has a story to tell; whether or not it is through verbal cues, our journeys are imparted to others through our actions, emotions, and other creative methods in which the Lord has given us. What is your story, and how have you or can you share with others?
Lord, You have taken each of us on our own journey for a reason. Help us each to utilize these experiences to glorify You—Your strength, love, perseverance, courage, grace, and faithfulness. In Your name I pray, Amen.