Written by: Andrenna Williams
A young woman whom God has placed in my life to minister to is currently struggling with addiction, mental illness and an unhealthy attachment to a toxic relationship with the father of her children. The amount of abuse that she absorbs from this man is inhumane. Repeated cheating and intentional disregard for her health and well-being is inflicted upon her on a daily basis by him and she willingly, seemingly, “happily” takes it.
As a woman whom has not experienced a relationship like this, it would be easy for me to have several responses and feelings regarding her situation. I could easily judge and condemn her for being “foolish” and “desperate” for accepting that type of treatment. I could make excuses for her for being “naive” and attempting to fill a “void”. Or, I could get so upset at her partner and how he treats her that I absorb the hurt and pain and therefore allow it to become a part of me.
However, I don’t have to! Psalm 55:22 says to “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken”. When I accepted the call on my life, and submitted my will for His will, I inherited freedom from having to carry that weight. I am able to listen, love on and minister to my sister in Christ freely without having to be concerned with trying to fix her, him or their situation. How awesome is that! “I Get To” be an active participant in what God is doing in her life.