As I started to see the Gospel work through my brokenness, God revealed to me how much I needed a community in this process. Community urged me to not be silent about my shame. As I began to build deeper relationships at Metro, the church became a safe place where I had people pray with me, encourage me, and at the same time challenge me of my idolatries. I am thankful that God placed Metro as a means of grace in my life – the church became a resource of comfort, counsel, and encouragement.
With that said, the healing process from divorce was not easy. When one is in darkness for an extended period of time, the first exposure to the light is very painful. However, it is only through the light that one understands how much darkness one is truly in. Ephesians 5:11-14 says, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” If you are currently dealing with shame, may the light of the Gospel shine into the darkness and bring you into repentance, healing, and renewal.