As I was driving through a terrible storm the other day, I couldn’t help but think how our grief or struggles are much like an awful storm.
At first it hits you so hard. You can’t see and you’re just white-knuckled hanging on. You’re so scared you have to remind yourself to breathe. You’re not even sure if you’re gonna make it, but keep praying that you’re going to be okay. You can’t see. You don’t know where you’re going. Kind of like in Grief. You’re blinded by it and it’s all-consuming. Just like in the storm, you just hang on and pray that you make it.
Also, like in the storm, it’s not safe to stop. My Grandpa always told us not to pull over in the storm, but to keep going. In your grief or struggles, you have to keep going!! You don’t want to get stuck here. There’s better days ahead if you’ll just push forward. You can’t see what’s ahead and it’s scary, but you can do it!!
The storm starts to let up and there’s finally enough light to see again, to help give us hope and guide us out of this storm. To me, this is like Christ. He is our light and hope in our storm. 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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
Finally the sun is shining, but for some reason it’s still raining. Your grip loosens, you can breathe again, and you are amazed how you made it out of that awfulness. Just the day before someone asked me what my grief looked like, and I said it’s like rain and sunshine at the same time. You have God’s light- his peace, hope and grace, but your pain and sadness is still a part of you.
Eventually I drove and made it to warm sunshine and beautiful white billowy clouds. I think some day we will make it to that. The grief will always be there, but not so strong. Eventually we will have joy again. We will think about memories of our loved ones and smile more often instead of crying.
No matter where you’re at in your own personal storm, keep pushing through because your sunshine is coming. You just gotta hang on and make it💙
Always remember God is always with you helping you make it through the storm:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9