“there is a time for everything
and a season for every activity under the heavens”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 New International Version (NIV)
I have walked many seasons in my life, and I know one of the longest and hardest of these has been my season of grief.
From the time my daughter Livvy was diagnosed I have grieved for what should have been, the life she should have lived or it in reality the life I had expected, planned, wanted her to live.
Then when we lost her 11 years ago, I grieved for her physically, grieved for her missing, her smile, her touch and the blessing of her spirit.
My grief felt like darkness.
My whole spirit crushed by the pain of missing.
I didn’t understand the why and I was often angry screaming at the ‘why her.’
This was my season of darkness and no matter how hard I tried to pretend I wasn’t sure I would live a life with light anymore.
Yet Jesus knew.
My dear friend sent me a link to Christian singer songwriter called Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven and his wife lost their daughter the same year I lost Livvy. Through his grief he wrote and produced an album called Beauty will rise. This cd, these songs, the words broke through my darkness. In the midst of my pain I could not see God in my Bible, the words lost as my tears blinded me from his love. Yet in these songs, in the lyrics, hope started to grow once again, and the promise that I could hear in the melody slowly healed my heart.
One of the songs is called ‘Spring is coming ‘and this week as we have faced 11 years without our beautiful girl, I have held on tight to this. Not because I am waiting on the Spring though this cold weather is already getting to me, because I know the blessing of the new. I have felt the new life burst inside of me. I give thanks and praise to the changing seasons and the love, the hope and the promise each one brings.
So today I am sharing this with you, sharing my heart and my journey, because God has asked me to share my story. He wants all to know that he is the light in the darkness.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus was and is my light.
So, if any of you are now struggling in the darkness and if you are feeling the crushing weight of fear, doubt or anger, hold on to the fact that this time is a season and that seasons change. Life is a journey often full of pain and loss believe me when I say I know this but whatever you are facing, know that you are not alone, that Jesus walks beside you.
If you had asked me 11 years ago if I would know joy again, I would have said no easily, my heart was broken. I still miss Livvy so desperately and often still fall under the weight of grief but now my heart knows the promise, the promise that one day I will be reunited with her. Yet in this life whilst I walk it without her physically right now, I know that Jesus has great plans for me and joy it does come in the morning, not promising what morning but it does come.
So, I just want to remind you that whatever you are facing you are not alone. That you can do this and even in the crushing darkness there will be and always will be a light, the light of Jesus.