To say that life has many twist and turns is an understatement. I’m sure when each of us is little and dreams up what life will hold it is much different than we thought it would be. One of the things I left out was suffering. When you dream, it’s all a wonderful, beautiful story full of exciting adventures. I never added the twists and turns of divorce, death, heartache, loss and suffering. I’m sure your dreams were the same way.
Through two wise friends, my Bible and prayer… God is changing how I see life. I am tired of expecting one thing and ending up with another only to be disappointed. I am human and God sees things so much differently than I do. I need to accept people and situations as they come and know I can face it all because of God’s grace. I am so thankful that He is faithful to me. I cannot imagine where I’d be right now if it wasn’t for God’s hand in my life. Though I struggle to give it all to Him and to totally surrender each detail, I must. It hurts! I feel like someone is pulling teeth! When I was at the lowest spot I’d ever been a friend was honest with me. She was a wake up call. I thank God for using her and for helping me to listen!
I am reading a wonderful book called, “Depression: A Stubborn Darkness”. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has had times of depression touch their life or someone that they love. Here is a simple quote that I badly needed to hear.
“Suffering is part of the path that leads to glory and beauty.”
For me, this made all I’ve been going through ok. I know that God will make all the broken dreams, hurt and difficult circumstances into works of beauty. He will use them to refine who I am, who my family is. It hurts. It is not comfortable to face pain but, His comfort is there to soothe.
“He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheeves with him.”
I don’t have any shouts of joy yet but, I know a day will come when you’ll be able to hear me from miles away! I hope some part of this is comforting to you. I know I’ll explain more one day soon but, for now, know the path is filled with hope. Your path is filled with hope if God your Savior.
What verse or thoughts do you cling to when you are hurting?