Photo from near the High Point summit of Palomar Mountain Range, San Diego County.
The young professional woman’s disappointment was palpable.
She’d just received the call.
This wasn’t the first time her ‘dream job’ had slipped away.
Would she ever be the one selected?
The worried wife’s shoulders drooped.
The doctor’s words weren’t what she wanted to hear.
Her husband’s diagnosis was dire.
Will we be able to make it through this?
Fear walked alongside as she entered her child’s classroom.
The teacher’s report wasn’t good.
Her boy’s behavior was disruptive; he was failing most subjects.
How could she help this son she loved so dearly succeed?
The possible scenarios are endless.
Perhaps you’re trying to find your way through the darkness even now.
No doubt about it. Life can be difficult. Some situations are dark and seem hopeless. Finding a way through is scary. It may even feel impossible.
My life journey has included several ‘dark days.’ Some I’ve walked through with grace and dignity. Many, I haven’t!
While not my favorite teachers, disappointment, discouragement and despair can be great instructors. Here are a few lessons they’ve taught me:
- Often, my most valuable life learning has happened as a result of suffering. As I’ve trudged through a difficult season, along the way I’ve discovered strength that seemed impossible, resources I’d never imagined existed. I’ve developed self-awareness that has enabled me to grasp what does and does not work well for my God-design.
- I’ve learned much about my own life by listening to or reading the stories of older or more spiritually mature people who have ‘been there, done that’ and are willing to share what helped them. Other’s transparency, authentic counsel and encouragement have more than once helped me make sense of my unique journey and point me in a new, more positive direction.
- I have power to make personal choices. Most importantly, I can choose how I will respond. Will I choose bitter, or will I choose to learn and grow, accept and forgive? The freedom to choose is a great gift God gives.
- Dark days are real. Unknown outcomes are scary. Weeping will occur. Despite the darkness, however, I’ve learned God is good—always good. At the core of who I am, I believe God knows me better than I know myself and desires the best for me and those I love.
- It’s all right to weep and feel angry at times. But, it’s also important to act. I’ll be most successful when I keep placing one foot of faith in front of the other, cry out for God’s wisdom along the way and determine to seek increased knowledge.
- As I cooperate and allow God’s will to supersede my idea of what is best, hope arises. Dawn of a new day breaks. As the psalmist said so eloquently, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)
Blessings as you hold on to HOPE despite the darkness of your circumstances…