Really? I mean really?
I wasn’t feeling particularly good and wanted nothing more than to stay in bed and watch Christmas films, but I also had an obligation to go to class.
Five minutes after the designated start time and a handful of people haven’t even showed up. I know that most of my peers had a respectable reason for not coming, but I couldn’t help getting mildly frustrated.
It just seemed discourteous to not attend a workshop where each and every person plays a significant role in the editing process.
According to Websters, a workshop is “a meeting at which a group of people engage in intensive discussion and activity on a particular subject or project.” (emphasis added.)
So, when there are a number of absences, it truly does impact the workshopping process. Each person offers a different perspective on how a piece can be improved upon or furthered. This is a critical aspect of writing and developing the writer.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Paul writes the following:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
We all go through tough times. Our struggles may be manifested in different ways, but the pain is still very real and very present.
I can look back on times in my past and even dwell on things in my present where if it hadn’t been for the comfort of the Holy Spirit, I’m not sure how I would have made it through without suffering major mental and emotional trauma.
Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Helper, Counselor, and Advocate. He is our Comforter. (John 14:26)
All believers who have experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit know there is no greater peace in existence. You can sense His arms embracing you and His whispers consoling you. That doesn’t meant the pain goes away but rather that we have Someone who helps us through the pain.
Like Paul states in 2 Corinthians, God has provided us the Source of all comfort so that we might share our experiences with others, so that we might reach out and engage in the lives of those He has given us.
Like the purpose of a workshop is to give feedback and share ideas, so the purpose of our comforting is. We aren’t islands or individuals entirely independent of others. We are in community and our lives should be an active reflection of that truth.
We need to take our experiences and what God has taught us through our trials to help those who are going through something similar now. We are called to pour into others as God has so graciously poured into us.
To hold onto what we know and refuse to open up with others is selfish. It is a declaration to God that while we appreciate His gift of grace and kindness, we don’t think anyone needs to hear about His work in our lives.
We are comforted to comfort.