Why did I have to go through that?

I am learning that the things that break us are the things that make us most humble. They provide a venue for God to work in us, to bring healing, and to show us that part of Himself that we don't know we need until brokenness is all we know. We take His hand in the darkness and hold on to it for dear life because He doesn't try to avoid us. He doesn't run away from that broken place where you find yourself; instead He settles in for the long haul with you. He comforts you, soothes you, hears you out; and then bit by bit He brings you back out into the light.