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You Need the One Who Knows Your Struggle

I may lose all credibility when I tell you this, but my son has talked me into watching a few Dr. Who episodes. It’s mostly ridiculous science fiction, which is why I scoffed for a long time, but The Doctor is quirky and appealing. Then I found out he he had secret pain, having lost his entire race, including his family. Now I see him as a rich character and try to ignore the other elements of the story, like a phone booth space ship and giant alien wasps.

So I was sitting on the couch between my two menfolk, and I said, I’m going to ask you a serious question, and you have to respond because it’s my birthday. Why is it that all of the best characters have experienced deep suffering? 

At that point, Caleb thought he should call his AP English teacher who would actually care about such things.

So I’ll ask you, because I can’t see your eyes roll if you think I’m goofy.

Really, don’t we love the character who, every once in a while, has eyes that cloud over with a memory hard to bear?

The character who can say, I know.

I mean, look at this picture my daughter took at a gas station late one night when she was exhausted, after a long road trip that included car trouble.

There is someone who understands your struggle. -christyfitzwater.com

We need someone who gets what we’re going through.

It’s why we love Jesus.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses…” (Hebrews 5:15 NIV)

Jesus knows about struggle.

He knows.

It’s the best of every story, the hero who acts as much out of his knowledge of pain and struggle as he does out of any quality of character he might have. He can help because he’s been there.

Trust your story to the One with the shadow of suffering in his eyes.


  1. Christy, you’ve done it again. I read this post this morning and thought it was very good and very real. Tonight, I participated in my weekly online bible study and the entire 2 hours was focused on how to minister and what to do if you’ve been called to minister. The main message was that, like Paul, we go through stuff so that we CAN minister by proving with our own lives that the Word of God and the grace of God is real. You didn’t know that I have a pull on my heart to minister, and you had no idea that our Bible study was going to be on that topic tonight………but God knew and He used your willing heart and thoughtful encouragement to reinforce His message to me. Thank you, Christy. Just, thank you.

    1. It’s always incredible to me how God orchestrates bringing a message to us in several different direction. I can’t wait to see what he does in your life!

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