I have a friend who recently had surgery to remove her colon and have a permanent ileostomy created. We are ostomates! She is home from the hospital and adjusting to her new life. One of the neatest things for me has been the opportunity to share with her my experience and tips for living with an ileostomy. Not something that I ever expected to be one of my life experiences, but something that I am very grateful for!
God has taken a very difficult situation in my life and used it for good in someone else's life. And that's how it's supposed to work. The difficulties, struggles, and triumphs in our lives are not random. They have been allowed by a loving God and orchestrated to be used for His good purposes.
Today this friend was experiencing the weird muscle cramping that I experienced during my first two chemo treatments. This was a very scary and uncomfortable experience for me, but because of what I lived through, I was able to tell her that she needed electrolytes and to go get Gatorade or Pedialyte and start guzzling it.
And then it hit me. God allowed me to go through that experience so that I would be able to help this friend. How cool is that?!! I am so grateful for what I've been through and how God continues to use it for His good purposes. That's how it's supposed to work.