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    by Kasia Kedzia

Coming Out On the Other Side
Date Posted: October 13, 2015

God is good at giving us wake-up calls. My wake-up call came a number of months back and what God began in me was hard, painful and unpleasant. The work I had to do was messy and the depths I had to dig into my heart were deep, but I heeded the call and I braved the journey because hitting snooze was not an option anymore. Now I’m coming out on the other side and here are some things I’ve learned.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NLT) 3All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

The trials God uses to refine me are not pleasant at the time but the love and peace that waits on the other side is truly awe-inspiring. I’m healthier, more joyful, grateful, grounded and more at peace. I am more myself than I have ever been. God cultivated in me courage I never thought I had, compassion I knew nothing about and an ability to now comfort others in a way I never thought possible. In each day I see things so differently now. That email which could have set me off 6 months ago, now invokes compassion for the sender. The actions of those around me that would once cause me to wrestle with judgment now invoke the thought, “They are doing the best they can with what they have.” As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.” Jesus too knew that people, especially those who are hurting, are doing the best they can with what they have. And our incredible God brings us into these people’s lives, just like he brought others into our lives, to comfort them from the comfort He gave us through others.

5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

Pursuing Him amidst the suffering, pursuing truth over the story I want to tell myself results in God showering me with His comfort. The power of comfort is empathy and the call by God is not to pray, “God take it away” but rather, “God please comfort me so I can be empowered to comfort others." Don’t get me wrong, amidst the trudging through all the pain and trials, comfort is the last thing I want to pray for, and I absolutely prayed for Him to take it away, but instead He gave me comfort through others and allowed me to experience a love I had not before.

Once you witness the miracles both in yourself and in others, you realize you wouldn’t want to do it again but it was worth it. All of it was worth it as it gave me the ability to love with my whole heart and experience and enjoy life like never before. I see the purpose of perseverance. My capacity to comfort others depends on my suffering. It enables me to walk into someone’s life and say, “I know.” Ultimately, God uses it for others salvation as he allows us to comfort them with the comfort we ourselves have received.

6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
God is always at work. He is doing something incredible, and if we let Him, He will reveal Himself to us and flood our heart with immeasurable love. Each moment embraced is the moment we can rest assured that He has chosen us for such a time as this. I can still be afraid but be brave at the same time. I am no longer standing at the edge of the cliff wavering, I stepped off and on the way down, He built me wings and taught me how to fly. He will do the same for you.

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Biography Information:
Gods brought me a long way from the New York City Housing Projects. I studied the Bible, repented, and was baptized for the forgiveness of my sins when I was 17 and have been repenting and striving towards heaven ever since. The hardest thing about becoming a Christian at 17 was trusting that God would take care of me, meet my emotional teen needs, and help me overcome my enormous insecurity...what else would a teen girl have trouble with?

Since those first days, I have made it out of the Projects, finished my Masters degree in International Development, and moved  to DC  to work in my field. As a young single Christian woman my struggles today are a little different than they were when I first came to know God, but who am I kidding, not much. It's the every day battle for my heart to be pure before God, to strive to please him, and help others to seek and know Him.

Over my years of a faithful walk with God I have received much grace and compassion and have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. Through out it all one thing has stayed consistent: God's word. Through His word I have been inspired and it has kept me faithful even when faith seemed like a foreign concept and God seemed deaf to my prayers. I started emailing my Quiet Times which helped me stay accountable as I shared my struggles and fought for understanding. Some wrote back and said they too were inspired and could relate. I hope some of my times can help inspire others who are seeking and fighting just like I am, to get to heaven and take as many as possible with me along the way.

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