It's a great blessing to see God's will at work. Being able to hear that several people were blessed by hearing how one person was carried by God through the darkness and how God has lifted that person out of a depth that was so deep that no humanly struggle would bring you out.
Christians love to quote Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good." and they stop there. Many seem to think that if we pray, seek God - everything will work out how we want. So many forget the last half and most important part of that verse, "for those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose." His purpose, not ours. Our purpose would be no pain, no suffering, nothing ever going wrong, but God allows us to go through events in our lives that my seem terrible and serve no purpose but to cause some sort of suffering. We may never know what God's purpose is in our struggle.
God can use every part of our lives, even the most painful, trying times. I have seen many people go through the battle with cancer. I have never seen someone so willing to share so much of the struggle openly than a friend I went to high school with. Her courage and honesty are commendable. I am happy to say she won her battle with breast cancer. Nearly every week we would see her updates on Facebook on how the treatments were affecting her. During her struggle and through out her chemo treatment, God showed us the strength he provides to the weak. Now God is using her in a whole new way; to comfort other women as they go through this horrible time in their lives. She has taken the time to sit in the doctors waiting room talking to them, crying with them. Her story was so inspiring that the Oswego Patch did a story on her. Her experience now serves a great purpose, God's.
Years ago I worked for a TEK Ambulance, a private ambulance company here in Chicago. Most of what we did was transport non ambulatory patients to and from their doctors appointments, dialysis, and home from the hospital. We also did many psychiatric patient transports. One of these runs has always stuck with me. When we arrived at the ER, we were told we had a young woman that was severely depressed to the point of wanting to commit suicide. She was in an isolation room with her wrists and ankles in restraints for her own protection. We were there to transport her to a state run psychiatric hospital on the Northwest side of the city. As my partner and I often rotated responsibility for patient care on our runs, it was my turn to sit in back and monitor the patient during this call. The transport was going to take about forty five minutes due to heavy (typical) Chicago traffic. I remember as we loaded her into the ambulance, the fear in her eyes.
As we talked, I found out why she was so fearful and was able calm her fears and let her know I understood how she felt. I have battle depression for years and often suicide was on my mind. God used those events in my life to help relate to this young woman and let her know that at least one person understood her own demons and was willing to showed compassion. By the time we arrived at the hospital, she was no longer wanting to hurt herself. We were able to have her walk into the facility. That I considered a small miracle. About five days later, on another urn to the mental health facility, I happen to catch a glimpse of her as she checked out. I almost didn't recognize her. She was smiling and what appeared to be a whole different person than the one I had transported just days before.
Sometimes God uses events to teach us a valuable lesson for our own personal growth, but sometimes God uses those events and struggles and trials we have gone through to teach others even though we may not know it at the time. Think of it this way - Everything we go through is a piece in this giant, perfect puzzle that God has designed and only he knows what the big picture looks like.