It’s a blog day. Found out someone I know was raped. A while ago. But I’m just finding out. And she’s not my BFF. She’s not someone I hang with – or ever really have. But she is a beautiful, beautiful person. Kind. Generous. Servant hearted. Hard worker. And sweet. So sweet. Not that any of that matters. Evil doesn’t care who it destroys. And everyone is someone to somebody.
So, I have to write and figure this out. Because it doesn’t make sense why God would allow this to happen to her. I’m heartbroken. Over her. Over the world.
When I was younger, really young, maybe even in high school, I remember thinking and even saying out loud, I’d rather be dead, than raped. The thought of it was so scary – living life afterward seemed like such a horror that it made more sense to me to just die.
Time. Experience with God. A bit more wisdom. And my feelings are different. I’ve met people who have experienced this – or something similar – and these women are radiant. And their lives enrich others. They matter. Their purposes matter. And what happened to them once is not who they are. In fact, what happened to them once has propelled them to be so much more than they once were. So on fire to help others. To be a rescuer. To share and save and give of themselves for the sake of the hurting. What satan intended to destroy – the disgusting ways he wanted to ruin – God took that gruesome circumstance and healed, showed Himself strong and loving, and actually USED it for GOOD.
I don’t pretend to get it. And there is so very much I don’t understand. It hurts. But I do know for certainty that God is good. And that there is no evil, there is no destruction, no death that He does not have the victory over. I have faith in Him.
Nahum 1:1-3, 7-8 ~ The Lord is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and rage.He takes revenge on all who oppose him and continues to rage against his enemies!
The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet. The Lord is good,a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him. But he will sweep away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He will pursue his foes into the darkness of night.
1 Corinthians 15:55 ~ ”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O hell, is your sting?”
I really don’t know what else to say. I’m so, so sorry this happened. So sorry. And I pray for my friend – that the healing comes quickly. That God reveals more of Himself to her – that she rests in Him, sees more of Him and realizes how deeply loved she is by Him.