This season of life is full of change. The hardest change is experiencing the loss of close relationships. Loss is so difficult whether it’s your parents or your best friend. My husband and I have lost a father, a brother, very close friends and several people we looked to as mentors and advisors in the last six years and even as recently as the last month. My heart is breaking for the husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings and friends who are having to walk this road of loss. Trusting in God takes on a whole new meaning when your closest relationships leave this earth before you. These loss’s leave a huge emptiness in your life and going forward seems impossible. I really don’t know what people do if they don’t have the promises of Jesus, the Hope of eternity and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
How do you live in change when the familiar is gone? It seems to happen a lot in this season of life. Your job changes, you downsize your living space, your children leave home, you move away from familiar surroundings, and you lose loved ones. So many things in life can bring change that can feel like you are being hit by a wave in the ocean and it takes your feet out from under you. What do you do? How do you cope?
I’m learning that the best thing to do is to step into your tomorrow one day at a time. Don’t sit in the shadows but choose to step into the light. Every day brings a little more insight into the future. Each day God provides the hope that His plan for your life is still the same. His provision and care for you has not changed. In fact, I am convinced that since He is not surprised by the changes in your life, He has already gone ahead and made provision for you. He is ready to be what you need as you live in this new season.
This is my prayer for me and for anyone who finds themselves in a season of change and loss:
“Lord, open my eyes and my heart to see Your goodness in this season. Give me a glimpse of the other side of this feeling of loss and sadness so I can live with joy all that you have for me. I don’t want to regret this time of my life. I want to see the goodness you have for me here on earth until the time you call me Home. I place my trust in You!”