Lieutenant Sam Brown was riding in a Humvee across the Kandahar Desert in Afghanistan in September of 2008 when an explosive device blew up the vehicle and set him on fire. His hands were burned and his face became extremely disfigured, with his mouth reduced to the size of a coin. Because he was a Christian he cried out to the Lord. After a long healing process he went on to direct a program helping wounded soldiers and returning veterans.
In Rwanda three teenage boys lived in a shanty amidst a garbage dump. One came from a family that neglected him. The second one had his parents killed in the genocide in 1994. The third boy was orphaned at an early age and ran away from home. They were taken in by a Christian ministry organization and formed a gospel band, using talents they never knew they had.
Russell Allen was an NFL linebacker with 375 tackles in four seasons. In a game against Buffalo on December 15, 2013 his career came to an abrupt halt. He had a stroke on the field and developed a "dead spot" on his brain. He would never be able to play football again. His response to that was, "We serve a God who is bigger than our struggles." He plans to become a high school coach.
I have several questions for you, the reader. Are you bouncing back from any adversity that you may have been through, and moving on with your life? Are you seeing any indications that God, or something beyond your own effort and perseverance is at work? Are you recognizing times when God might be saying to you, "Hello, there is a God, I am here trying to get your attention, and I am here to help you?" God can take your mess and turn it into a message to help others, just like he did with the people in the stories. Weather you have come out of adversity, abuse, or some addiction, acknowledge that God is here to help you if you will only recognize him in your life.
(The three stories above can all be found on the internet, for further information.)