“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those
who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
In October of 2020, my oldest son, Caleb, died of a heart condition that we did not know about. I experienced heartbreak like I had never experienced before. My heart was broken; my life was broken.
In the midst of my crying that day, I said out loud, “We are so broken, we should go feed others.” It was not premeditated and definitely did not come from me. I know now that it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me, through me. My friend was there to witness what I said. In a time when I did not know how to carry on with my life, God gave me the direction for the days ahead. In the days since Caleb passed, my husband and I have had many opportunities to share God’s love and salvation to various groups and seen many people, especially teenagers, turn to Christ. As the Scripture verse says, God “through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” Even in death, we witnessed first-hand that Caleb’s testimonies were very much alive.
In God’s kingdom, no suffering we go through on this earth is wasted. God can use our pain when we choose to lay it at His feet. When we allow God to trans
orm us daily from within, exchanging our ashes for His beauty, it is inevitable that His fragrance will come forth – all the more through the cracks of our brokenness. - By DW