I kept a book close at hand in 2010, Pearls of Great Price by Joni Erickson Tada. A quadriplegic woman who’s lived in a wheelchair as long as I’ve been alive. The wisdom from her experiences are rich treasures.
Her devotionals were with me throughout my husband’s cancer surgeries and hospital stays. She taught me about joy in the midst of pain. She explained her lessons had come at a great price, and she could not keep them to herself.
It’s intriguing that God doesn’t gift His children for their personal hoarding. He expects us to pass on our treasure, little or abundant… sharing all things: joy, hope, love and even pain.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Like loaves and fish He will multiply the results, blessing any struggling around us. We only have to speak up and share what we’ve learned.
Gifts gleaned through trials, are not for me to keep. These nuggets of gold are part of an endless cycle of receiving and passing on. Grace after grace. Beautiful ripples- larger and wider.
What has God taught you?