When I was almost eight months pregnant with my third child, my feet and legs swelled with edema. The areas between my ankles and calf muscles were especially waterlogged. I tried to rub my legs, but my protruding belly made bending over very difficult.
Finally, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure. I wanted my toes to look manicured and painted for my impeding date with the hospital bed. Plus, I knew that many nail technicians offer a small leg massage as part of the pedicure service, so I hoped to get a little relief from the pressure in my legs.
When I arrived at the salon, the lady giving me a pedicure was a few months pregnant with her second child. We shared baby and pregnancy stories, and she proceeded to massage my legs—especially the areas most swollen—for a full twenty minutes each! All I could do was lie back and tell her how good the rub down felt.
My tender, swollen muscles relaxed under the firm and consistent pressure of her hands. It was like she knew exactly the discomfort I was going through and precisely how she could alleviate some of the pain. I couldn’t help giving her a large tip because she had read my mind and gave me the one thing I most desperately wanted at the moment: a leg message!
As I drove home feeling so blessed that this woman went out of her way to serve me, I realized something valuable. The woman knew where I hurt the most because she had probably suffered from edema herself. She understood my discomfort, so she was better able to provide me much needed relief!
God allows us to go through difficult times, and He doesn’t waste any of our pain. Not only does our suffering help us to become more like Christ, it also becomes a tool for us to serve others who face similar trials. We can offer support to people who are struggling in circumstances that we have already overcome.
Most importantly, though, we can know that we always have the ultimate victory in Christ because Jesus has already overcome the world!
Question: What battle of yours can be someone else’s blessing? Are you facing a struggle that a friend has already overcome? How can you find relief today in your current trial?
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33 NLT)
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