It isn't easy to be brave when facing trials; not easy to pretend to be strong when your legs are threatening to give out...your heart too.
I know this because life has blown a huge hole in my comfort zone, forcing me to experience things I'd rather not face, forcing me to embrace change rather than run from it. Life, being unpredictable, buckled me into a roller-coaster without even asking if I wanted to go for a ride.
One minute I was feeling safe, secured, and strongly rooted, and the next moment found myself deep in quicksand. It hurts! But know what?
I am allowing myself to cry, allowing myself to grieve for all that is being taken away from me. But I'm reminding myself not to forget to embrace the good things in life, the things we too often take for granted.
What things? Things like the rising and setting of the sun, the dependability of God's love and His Word, the night-lights He turns on when the world's shades are pulled down to let us know He is there, should we need Him; the love gazing back at us in the eyes of those we love, or the laughter of our children and grandchildren, the smile from a stranger or the unexpected help we didn't expect to get?
I have to remind myself of all these things and more, in order to make it through a day sometimes. But always, even midst the darkest moments of my life I am comforted- knowing that each trial comes to its own end, and no matter how much I am hurting, somewhere in the world, somebody is hurting much more than I am.
If you, like me, have been buckled into the roller-coaster without wanting to go for the ride, be brave. We are all much stronger than we believe ourselves to be. And as long as we keep the lantern of Hope going, we will do okay.
If you are, at least for today, having a great day (and I pray most of you are), than don't forget to count your blessings. Use the moments given you to create memories that will keep your rocky roads lit.
Thank you, guys & dolls for the prayers and good thoughts. I appreciate every one of them.