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You Know How it Feels, by Alan Smith

During Napoleon's invasion of Russia, his troops were battling in the
middle of yet another small town in that endless wintry land, when he
was accidentally separated from his men. A group of Russian Cossacks
spotted him and began chasing him through the twisting streets.
Napoleon ran for his life and ducked into a little furrier's shop on a
side alley. As Napoleon entered the shop, gasping for breath, he saw
the furrier and cried piteously, "Save me, save me! Where can I hide?"
The furrier said, "Quick, under this big pile of furs in the corner,"
and he covered Napoleon up with many furs.

No sooner had he finished than the Russian Cossacks burst in the door
shouting, "Where is he? We saw him come in." Despite the furrier's
protests, they tore his shop apart trying to find Napoleon. They poked
into the pile of furs with their swords but didn't find him. Soon, they
gave up and left.

After some time, Napoleon crept out from under the furs, unharmed, just
as Napoleon's personal guards came in the door. The furrier turned to
Napoleon and said timidly, "Excuse me for asking this question of such
a great man, but what was it like to be under those furs, knowing that
the next moment would surely be your last?"

Napoleon drew himself up to his full height and said to the furrier
indignantly, "How could you ask me, the Emperor Napoleon, such a
question? Guards, take this impudent man out, blindfold him and execute
him. I, myself, will personally give the command to fire!"

The guards grabbed the furrier, dragged him outside, stood him against
a wall and blindfolded him. The furrier could see nothing, but he could
hear the guards shuffle into line and prepare their rifles. Then he
heard Napoleon clear his throat and call out, "Ready! Aim!" In that
moment, a feeling he could not describe welled up within him; tears
poured down his cheeks.

Suddenly the blindfold was stripped from his eyes. Although partially
blinded by the sunlight he could see Napoleon's eyes looking intently
into his own -- eyes that seemed to see every dusty corner of his soul.

Then Napoleon said, "Now you know."

There are some things that simply cannot be described to you. If you
haven't experienced them for yourself, you can't begin to know the
feeling. If you've never sat by the bed of your father while cancer
eats away at his body, you can't begin to know what it feels like. If
you've never had a spouse walk out the door knowing they will never
return, you can't begin to know what it feels like. If you've never had
to bury a daughter before she was old enough to ride a bicycle, you
can't begin to know what it feels like.

The list could go on and on. Eventually, I would get to what weighs on
your soul. You have friends who try to comfort you by saying, "I
understand," but deep down you know they don't; they can't, not without
experiencing it for themselves, and you wouldn't wish that on them.

What that means, though, is that you are in a position to minister in a
special way to people who are suffering the same thing that you have
suffered in the past. God is able to use your past painful experiences
to help others in a way that no one else can. If you have had to deal
with an alcoholic family member, you are in a position to minister to
others in that situation. If you have suffered the death of a young
child, you are in a position to minister to others in that situation.
If you have raised a child as a single parent, you are able to minister
to others in that situation.

The list could go on and on ... and eventually, I would get to what you
have suffered in the past. It was painful. It was tough to get through.
But having done so, be aware of the opportunities you now have to be of
service to others. You know exactly how they feel. Let them know that.

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is
the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts
us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others
are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has
given us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
 
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Excellent read. Thanks for sharing this with us coconut. Very eye opening and gets you think deeply.
 
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Very beautifully written Coconut. Perfect description of God taking the ugly things of life & setting them to flight with beauty.
 
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I liked this authors message also!

GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE AT
"I don't know how many times I have agonized over problems because “no one else understood where I was at or what I was going through” or my pain was made worse simply because I believed that no one else cared. That's what satan wants you to believe. Sure, your problems may be sizeable and they may be unique, but he wants you to believe that you are SO alone and that your problems are SO great and SO unique and that your situation is SO hopeless... And if he can SO fog you in with that TRIPE... he believes he can win.

There are four problems with satan's philosophy. One is that God cares. The size and the nature of your problems will never change that. He did not create you to leave you dangling helpless in the face of your problems. He did not send His only begotten Son into the world to hang on the cross and bleed and die for your sins just to abandon you to your circumstances. He CARES for you.

Secondly, God offers to you the resources of heaven. There is NO problem that you can face that He does not have the solution for. There is no giant that hell can throw against you on ANY battlefield that God does not have a sling and five smooth stones ready and waiting for. There are NO obstacles in life that you, with God's power, cannot overcome. There are no demons from the pits of hell that are SO big or SO ugly that they can intimidate the Lord your God! And you belong to Him!

Thirdly, God has children who care for you. Sure, they may not have all the answers to your questions or all the solutions to your problems. They may have never stood exactly where you stand and they may not understand EXACTLY what you feel or what you are going through, but they care. They care because He cares... And in this world, THAT'S unique.

Fourthly, do you remember that I said, “Not one PERSON can understand exactly what you are going through?” Here's the interesting part about the relationship God has with you and me. Because He created you from square one, He not only knows everything there is to know about you, He can sympathize with your every problem, heartache and headache. No other PERSON on God's green earth may be able to understand what you are going through, but He does! There is no problem you can ever experience that is SO unique that He does not understand perfectly. He wrote your owners manual. He has your answers and He has your solutions. He KNOWS where you’re at! "
Dan E. Deskin
http://www.overcomerstudy.com/index1.htm
 
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Beautiful!!

I just wanted to let you know Coconut that I really enjoyed reading your shares and I can identify with them. Though, as you said I may not have felt exactly the specific things that were mentioned, the things that I have experianced I canuse to help out someone else. Santan does try a separtate us by curcumstances and make us feel as though we are all alone. When ever I begin to feel like this, today I no I am never alone and this verse reminds me of it " Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world." I am no bible scholar and I do not remember exactly what verse it is but if anyone else knows and cares to post it I will be sure to write it down and remember it. I have used this so often to fight spiritual warefare and when I am trying to find it I cannot. What I do know is that I read it in the bible so I know that it is God breathed. Amen!!
Yours in Him!:rose:
God Bless,Love, Peace, and Prayers,
 
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Here is the scripture:

1Jo 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

I love both the 23rd and 139th psalm of David as well! Whenever we go thru dark times of testing, we can begin to feel very alone in those places, and sometimes it will even seem God too has left us alone (and I`m pretty sure every child of God has times like that) It helps to go to His Word and re-read these passages that remind us how great His love for us is, and no matter how it seems, He is with us! God in His wisdom knows these alone times are very necessary to help us grow in our faith, and as our faith is strengthened we are better able to help others! I`m reminded of this song:

WHEN I'M LOW IN SPIRIT I CRY LORD LIFT ME UP
I WANT TO GO HIGHER WITH THEE
BUT THE LORD KNOWS I CAN'T LIVE ON THE MOUNTAIN
AND SO HE PICKED OUT A VALLEY FOR ME
IT'S DARK AS THE DUNGEON AND THE SUN SELDOM SHINES
AND I QUESTION LORD WHY MUST THIS BE
THEN HE TELLS ME THERE'S STRENGTH IN MY SORROW
AND THERE'S VICTORY IN TRIALS FOR ME
HE LEADS ME BESIDE STILL WATERS
HE LEADS ME BESIDE STILL WATERS STILL WATERS
SOMEWHRE IN THE VALLEY BELOW
HE DRAWS ME ASIDE TO BE TESTED AND TRIED
BUT IN THE VALLEY HE RESTORETH MY SOUL

Psa 23:3 He leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul:
 

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