There was a time in my life where I would sit and cry myself to sleep because I felt inadequate. I tried to numb the pain by cutting myself just so I would not think about anything. The physical pain I caused was a temporary escape of the pain that I was feeling deep down inside. I just could not face myself. My heart was badly bruised because I felt that I was created differently from the rest and did not fit in. I have suffered through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression where it was almost the end of me, but God fought my battle. All of the pain I went through has birthed my purpose because God has proved to me time and time again that I was created in His image! By His grace, He has given me another chance at wanting to live and not die. There are things that knock me down at times, but I know that God has a plan for me.
God has a plan for you too. The pain that we have to endure is not by accident, but it's only preparation for the plan that God has for us. We are His and He is ours! He will never give up on us because He knows we are not perfect, but we strive to be more like Him daily.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 NLT