I wonder how happy we would really be if we lived a fairy tale life.
If we had the 18” waist, the long golden locks, the voice of an angel, perfect skin, and a snowman friend named Olaf. (“Let it go,” Gaye!)
In our childhood years we dreamed of all the good things that life would bring us when we finally “get big.”
I’ll be the first one in line when we’re asked to step forward and talk about all the really, really good things we have in our lives, now that we’re “big.”
And…tough things happen too.
Even in the fairy tales, life can get a little messed up sometimes. The big bad wolf who is trying to blow your house down threatens your livelihood, your income, your home. The not-so-nice-person carrying the basket of apples offers you disappointment, pain, rejection. And you’re tired of waiting for a prince to come and bring you out of that long sleep you’re in – disease, depression, addiction.
We breathe it silently…it’s whispered into pillows…
…I didn’t think my life would be like this.
Here’s what I’m learning. Here’s what I’m believing.
In the sadness and disappointment…
In the anxiety…
In the medical frustrations…
In the career U-turns…
In the loss…
God is faithful.
My heart is caring deeply today for all those who are saying,
Wow. I didn’t see that coming. How will I ever get through this.
You aren’t alone.
Whether you feel His presence, or you feel only a cold chill and a knot in your belly…God is right there with you. You have not been abandoned.
Ask Him to make his presence known to you.
Ask Him to breathe warmth and life into your weary bones.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
For he who promised is faithful.
God is faithful.
Revised from previously published post on April 15, 2015