Your Pain, Your Passport 

It seems a common belief for many, perhaps subconsciously, that painful experiences simply need to be overcome. In other words, you do your best to “get over” the hurt inside. However, have you considered the possibility that your pain isnt something that needs to be “fixed”? Perhaps your heavenly Father wants to use your traumatic ordeal (if you allow Him) as a platform, or a passport into a greater dimension of ministry to others that you did not have access to before. It could be that the complete healing for your personal pain is found in your ministry to others in their traumatic experience.

 Consider Joseph. As you read the Genesis account, you will notice he had a strong awareness of God’s purpose behind his painful experience of betrayal by his brothers. He understood that his brothers’ act of selling him into slavery positioned him for the assignment God had for him. Don’t believe that? “Now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save life and preserve our family.” (GENESIS 45:5 AMP) Inspite of the trauma experienced, Joseph interpreted his painful ordeal through the lens of God’s purpose for his life. He understood that his pain was used by God as his passport into his destiny and calling in Egypt!