Hello everyone…and welcome back to my blog…“Writing thru Affliction!” It’s so good to be back with you! I hope that you are having a good start to your week!
This past week off has been a mixed bag of everything. As my time off began, I mainly got some much needed rest but then I also made this a time of letting go of some things in my life; so God could refresh me and renew me, as I once more begin another new chapter in my life.
One thing I’ve come to see over my lifetime, of almost 61 years; is that we all find ourselves walking down paths that can go from beauty to ashes…no matter who we are or what we do…and this is what I’ve been experiencing.
As I began my time off…I would sit and write in my journal at times, with tears falling down my cheeks, as this path once more began to feel dark and lonely. For quite some time, it seemed as if I had been dealing with one health issue after another…to the place, where I felt as if I was experiencing even more loss in my life. In fact, these moments made me feel as if life was slowly suffocating me, while leaving me as an empty shell of a person.
This path that had at one time been filled with sunshine and beautiful flowers along the wayside; was now looking dark and cloudy, with weeds replacing the beauty that I once enjoyed. More loss became evident and I just couldn’t understand why God was allowing even more of these dark moments to enter my life…that is, until He began to remind me that loss through His eyes is a different view…and that the things we lose out on in life, are going to be eventually lost forever…but the things we gain, through these moments of loss right now, will become eternal.
One thing I did see brand new, as I took this time off for myself; is how God let me put Him on hold, until I was able to openly talk with Him. In other words…it was as if God remained in the shadows, while I slowly endured these moments…waiting, as if to say… “Diane, I will be right here, when you are ready to talk.” And from there, He never left my side, even though the darkness that surrounded me, had attempted to make me believe otherwise.
Through these difficult moments, I have been constantly reminded; that there is definitely a time for everything in this life…a time when the wounded moments can hurt real bad; but also a time, when the wound does begin to heal and reveal a scar…a quick reminder, of all that God does bring us through.
You know…it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been pushed down in life…and it doesn’t matter how many times this path has been darkened…to the place where I wondered if the sun would ever shine again…because God always seems to come along and lift me back to my feet, while allowing the light of His presence to shine through the shadows of my despair.
Throughout the past month or so, there has been one big giant of hurt within my life…one that attempted to bring me down for good; but more and more each day, I am seeing a different view of what God can do through these discouraging moments.
As I walk beyond weakness, to be renewed and strengthened through these past moments of affliction; Satan will see that his tactics never affected this warrior of God…and when he attempts to come back with more, I will be even stronger than before the darkness overtook my path.
It’s not always easy to understand a love that will stick around, when I sometimes find it difficult to stay; but one thing I have come to truly see; is that I’ve never know a love like this before.
Thank you for allowing me to share my heart and life with you today! I pray that these moments that I have walked through, will be a reminder to you that God never gives up on us…for He’s just waiting for us in the shadows of our despair…waiting to once more hear from us and help us.
Many blessings on your day!
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