“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” (C Dickens A Tale of Two Cities)
“For everything there is a season, And time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Everything has its time: there are times in life when things are new, and there are times when some things must end.
I’ve just moved to Spain and have been writing about “New Beginnings” on my blog: http://sarahtunexaminelife.blogspot.com
But with new beginnings there are, inevitably, endings too.
How do you come to terms with the discovery that the way you’ve thought or interacted for years needs to change? When your dearest friends are far away, and you’ve few new folks in whom to confide, how do you pray, live, love through that?
The seed is faith. No matter what you may think or feel, it is the Spirit and our spirit, working in harmony, that is the reality. When everything seems in flux, faith is our bedrock.
Recently, I felt pretty low. I didn’t even feel like praying! But faithfully, I took out a Psalm each day for a week and read through it, allowing myself to reflect a bit at a time on what the psalmist was saying.
“In You, O LORD, I put my trust…” (Psalm 7, 11, 31, 71 – verse 1)
And do you know: even when you can’t see in front or behind, when everything is new and nothing familiar, when excitement wanes and you want someone close to say, ‘Here I am, for you’ and no one is there, do you know you don’t have to drum up positive feelings? Nor do you have to wallow in misery. Simply, allow yourself to be right where you are – physically, emotionally and spiritually – and wait. You might want to make only a few decisions – none other than what to wear or what to make for dinner – and wait. Tell the LORD what’s on your heart and mind- and wait. Ask Him for your deepest need, even if you don’t believe He’ll fulfill it – and wait.
God hears. God restores. God fulfills.
I’m in a different place than I was a week ago. God answered my prayer, it’s true. But it isn’t in the answering of the prayer that help comes – but so much more in the waiting.
God bless you. Have a merry Christmas month and see you in 2015!
In the meantime, I welcome comments, thoughts, sharing.