Picture these words in your mind:
Separated, darkness surrounds you, your air is running out, and then you see it: the way out!
Have you ever been lost in a fire?
Or more commonly:
Have you become lost in the fire service?
Many of us started out with a vibrant passion with seemingly unstoppable ambition only to find ourselves feeling lost and alone. Those around us seem paralyzed and impervious to encouragement.
In a profession that deals in adversity, we have often failed to realize that adversity is also a part of our life. It is an opportunity as much as it is a painful reality.
The reality is this:
Those who face hardship are the ones who can relate to others who are suffering.
Are you lost? Have you fallen away?
Are you tired of cliché answers and half-hearted responses to your pain?
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart He will not despise” Psalm 51:17
There are those who won’t invalidate you, who will listen, and will simply be there for you. They are “fellow laborers” who have been through painful moments.
They have not forgotten how it felt but more importantly they remember how they longed for the comfort of one who understood.
They are the all around you. When you feel lost an alone, call out to God, and the answer to your prayer may be closer than you think.
2 Corinthians 1:3
“What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials.
And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.”
Pass on encouragement and be ready to receive it.