Almost immediately after blowing out my birthday candles, the unexpected began happening in waves. (Well really, the birthday party itself was quite unexpected too, but in a good way.)
In the last weeks, I've had to evaluate several things in my life....rejection and harassment ...making long overdue decisions about who I will seek out and who I won't....learning that forgiveness needs to come easily if we want to honor and love one another....realizing (again) that life can be really, really hard and yet sweet all at the same time.
There is so much mystery involved in the plans that God has for us. We have to know that we know that we know. We have to believe in the dark all the things that we have learned in the light. If we don't, we will be lost and maybe never find our way again.
Have you ever wished that you could just walk over to a hurting friend and lift off some of the burden from her shoulders and onto your own?
The only way that I know is to keep your eyes glued on the only One who can get you through the valley. You must believe that He is who He says He is. And that He is good and loves you more than you can imagine. He sees the whole puzzle....we, only the small pieces.
We can trust God. That's the only way. We also need the support of people who love and care for us, who have our back and will be there for us no matter what. During the good times, we need to be cultivating those relationships and not take them for granted.