The Divine Gift of People

When going through a particularly difficult trial, just about everyone thinks that no one can understand them. But that couldn’t be further from the truth (well maybe it could technically, but it’s just a phrase). God understands us in our trials, even more than we do.

In the midst of a trial or difficulty, we have tunnel vision.  All we can see or think about is how to get through this trial quickly.  One of the glorious ways that Heavenly Father helps us is by sending other people who understand us. Everyone is subject to this wonderful blessing at some point in their lives, and it’s quite a shame I’ve only discovered it recently.

I suffer from a strange problem which involves a lot of Me Feeling Nauseous and then Me Feeling Anxious About It. It’s something I go through every single day of every week. I know, right? Who has that problem?

After dealing with it for almost a year, all I really wanted was for it to end. That’s what I asked God for. I asked Him if maybe he could pull a few strings and make my life just a tad easier. That would be ideal, after all. And then I’d be home free.

But of course, He knows a lot more than I do (but I mean, that’s not a high bar to pass sometimes), and He had other plans.

In the height of this problem, I was feeling sick and anxious all the time, making it excruciatingly difficult to enjoy much of anything. I’d been so preoccupied with my suffering, that I didn’t even notice how lonely this trial made me feel. No one else went through this- or so I thought.

God sent someone to me at EFY. It was such a surprise to see another with the same ridiculous problem I had, but there she was. She was full of tips and tricks that could help me feel less scared and anxious.  But the best thing she ever told me was, “I know exactly how you feel.”

No one but God could have known to put us in the same group at EFY. He was the only one who knew that I needed her at that time in my life. Heck, I didn’t even know!  But He did, and He was the one with the power to help me.

It’s not just in specific circumstances that the Lord uses His children. Many people are born with a special mission to help others for life. There are special angels sent to this earth, and all they do is bless people’s lives. Great, huh? It’s a win-win for everybody.

The specific angels I’m referring to are special needs kids. How underestimated they can be by the world, but God knows exactly why they’re here.

My two brothers are both disabled, and one of my main jobs in life is to take care of them. And while that can be a taxing duty, sometimes it feels more like they’re taking care of me. Spiritually, anyways.

There’s just a certain look in their faces that tells you they’re from God.  Although admittedly, it’s harder to see when they’re breaking things or hitting people, but even those times teach us to be stronger and try us in our faith (a lot).

Everyone is sent by God for someone else. My brothers were sent to my family, me, and many others.  I have friends in my life I know were sent to me by God as well.

There’s a strange beauty in seeing someone’s face and knowing they’re special and that they’re going to help you. And that beauty comes from the Lord, who knows what you need even before you do.

That’s one of the reasons we have the church. The Lord knows that together we can feel a stronger magnitude of the spirit than we could feel alone. He doesn’t want us to be lonely, despite how often it may happen. He wants us to find the people He’s given us and to grow closer to Him through them.


What kind of people have you noticed in your life that have a divine mission?

How do you think people can help others to feel the spirit better?


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Jane Tallmadge spends her time playing tennis, reading, longboarding, and writing Ruby Girl articles instead of doing homework. She struggles with an identity disorder in which she wishes she was European but is tragically from Texas. Some of her favorite things include cheese plates, jazz music, and her family. If you offer her dark chocolate (90% cacao, please), she might make you shrimp in return.

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  • Michelle Lehnardt
    July 19, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    This was so beautiful it took my breath away!

    p.s. I get the anxious/nauseous thing too. 🙁

    • Jane Tallmadge
      July 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

      You do? Is it bad for me to say I’m glad to hear it? And thank you so much!

      • Michelle Lehnardt
        July 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm

        Not bad to say at all! I’m glad I’m not alone too!