Joys of the healing journey: When it’s hard to see through the valley
|The Bible makes me strong.|
17 Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,
and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and delight in my people.
And the sound of weeping and crying
will be heard in it no more.
20 No longer will babies die when only a few days old.
No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life.
When it’s hard to see through the valley
I don’t know about you and your life, but I know that sometimes I’d like to wipe all the pain, sorrow and major hassles of my life away. That’s the truth. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming and I want to push back and grasp for some semblance of normal. The problem is that once you are in the valley facing whatever shadows, there’s really no going back to ‘normal.’
My life is not ideal right now. I can say that this broken ankle is not healing fast enough. Through the maze of pain killers, I’m simply not very functional to the point where I can go to my job or continue my caregiving ministry and my ministry with my own mother who recently returned to hospice care. She’s sleeping mostly now. Plus, someone who has a very special place in my heart passed away during the week I had surgery and I’m grieving an unexpected loss. I know all of this will pass and I will see the colors of the rainbow soon enough.
Meanwhile, I am trusting God.
One of the things I know for sure is that the Lord cares about how I feel and he cares about what you feel in your own valley. The Bible reassures us that God loves us – he always has and he always will.