A Chinese fable tells of a woman who’d suffered a great loss and day by day was succumbing to her grief. Desperate for help, she visited a wise man in the village. For his magic to work, he said, she was to collect one mustard seed from a family who had never felt the sting of deep sorrow. The woman immediately went throughout the village, from door to door, seeking the magic seed that would heal her pain. But, to her surprise, she found no one that hadn’t struggled. What she discovered along the way, however, was a community of people who understood the suffering she’d endured. And as she shared her pain with each one, and they with her, she felt comforted in the midst of her heartache and was lifted to new strength.
It was then she realized what the wise man had always known. There was no magic seed. Her search had simply revealed a community of people who struggled just like her.
The journey of healing begins with that small step. God has designed us to live and thrive, not on an island of isolation, but in community. That’s why discovering we’re not alone in our suffering is itself a source of comfort. It rescues us from our alienation and connects us to the world around us, as well as to the Lord Himself. #NotAlone #Love #Community #ReachOut #Godsgotme #GodIsInControl