Midweek Push: Believest Thou Are Comforted

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


For the Month of March, we’re embarking on a Midweek Push Interview Series and we’re taking a look at comfort in God during our seasons of grief and loss. Today, we’re discussing comfort on the couch with LaTasha Cummings.

LaTasha describes herself as a “newbie” when it comes to her walk with the Lord. Although she has been a believer for quite some time, she feels like every day her experiences with the Lord are new. She resides in Savannah, GA and currently works with a non-profit organization that helps disabled veterans.

LaTasha enjoys reading, teaching, and assisting others. She enjoys the ever-changing relationship she has with God and loves sharing the good news of her testimony with others.

LaTasha hopes that her mistakes don’t turn people away from God; but rather that they be used as a teaching tool to help others understand the need to follow God.

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SWAP: How have you experienced loss or grief? 

LaTasha: I experienced loss when I was drinking and driving and was involved in a single car accident. No one got hurt, but me. My life was saved, but my leg wasn’t. I was much younger and didn’t think something of this magnitude would have ever happened to me. I was hanging around some of my friends from high school and we were all drinking. I was trying to be cool to impress them and when it was time to leave, I felt like I was able to drive myself home. It turned out that there was a gentleman in the car behind me who told the police that I had been swerving for a very long time. All I remember after the crash was a tremendous, shooting pain in my leg. When the doctors told my parents that they would have to remove my leg, I felt like I was in a dream. I was in denial for so many months; ashamed of myself and heartbroken.

SWAP: C.S. Lewis stated “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” ― Can you relate? 

LaTasha: I can definitely relate to this quote. When I lost my leg I kept to myself for a long time. I wouldn’t hang out with my friends. I mean they all drove home that night with no problems...no loss. I felt alone. I was bitter. I feared what people would think of me. I felt like a failure because of one simple mistake of thinking I was sober enough to get behind the wheel. I feared not having the opportunity for a romantic relationship because of my disability. Every time that I cried, I found I was more and more fearful of how people would view me, as dismembered, as someone who would need pity.

SWAP: What inspires you to show up even when you are fearful and/or uncertain?

LaTasha: I am so grateful that God spared my life. I’m so thankful that he doesn’t see me as broken, but as whole. Long after he’d forgiven me, did I begin to forgive myself. I’ve become involved in some grief groups and the members do not look down on me, neither do they judge me because of the loss that I suffered. When fear or uncertainty tries to spring up, I am inspired by a quote by Vance Havner, which says, “God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

Every person has a story. That’s why my heart has turned toward helping disabled veterans find hope in their losses; helping them share their story. So many times they are overlooked and broken because of what combat has done to them, but what my loss taught me is that when something has been taken from us, giving back often helps restore the loss we’ve suffered. The blessing of looking outside of self is knowing that some may be worse off than others, but none is greater than the next, and yet God died for us all.

SWAP: Your spirituality is clearly an important part of your journey. In what ways, have your spiritual beliefs helped you cope with loss?

LaTasha: Romans 12:1-2, reminds me to renew my mind daily. I have to check myself and not look at what is lost but what has been gained. I’ve gained confidence in who I am inside regardless of what I look like on the outside. I believe in my abilities because God blessed me with talents to help others, not sulk in bitterness. I’ve gained experience and so much wisdom that I am able to impart onto teens and adults.

SWAP: How would you describe comfort?

LaTasha: The ability to know that regardless of what I do or what is done to me, I cannot derail the plan of God. So, I really rest in that comfort knowing that loss is only temporary.

SWAP: What Bible verses are helpful for you as you seek God's comfort? 

LaTasha: Sadly, my mistake subjected my body to a complete transformation, so I long for the day that the Lord changes my body to become like his. I am comforted by Philippians 3:21 which says, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” I love that HE created my body, but I’m so thankful that it is temporary! I’m looking forward to the day that he changes it to be like his glorious body. No more ailments, no more loss!

SWAP: Any closing statements of advice that you want to offer to those who have/are experiencing loss or grieving?

LaTasha: Don’t focus on your disability; it will only keep you from moving forward. Don’t rely on your own strength. Rely on the strength that comes from God. I truly believe that our pasts are never meant to destroy us, but rather are the greatest lessons of life to equip us for the days to come.

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LaTasha, we’ve really appreciated this interview! We feel like you’ve gone beyond the superficial and answered some really helpful questions for our readers. Thank you for yielding your time for our Believest Thou Are Comforted series!


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