“One of the hardest things in life is having works in your heart that you can’t utter.” – James Earl Jones
Tonight I received a text relaying some news that was not easy to receive. Life stopped short for someone I knew, someone who lived in the moment, and someone who loved her daughter with all her heart and always showed a smile despite difficulty.
Looking back on the moments I shared with this beautiful lady, I was in shock, unable to utter the words to describe how I felt. I suddenly began to realize that I am heading into a new phase of life. A phase in which people will leave me, life is flying by.
I look back on all of the phases in my life, phases as a child, where I couldn’t wait for the school year to end. The school year would turtle by but then the summer would flash by in a blink of an eye. As I began university, I couldn’t wait to finish so I could begin my ideal life. Then the next phases were marriage, kids, a working career, death of grandparents – and before I knew it, there was a women looking back at me that had aged so quickly. As I look in the mirror, the woman looking back is entering her 40s and I gaze in complete disbelief of how quickly life has gone by.
Through this journey of life, we all have a story to share. Each story cannot be compared. There are moments of complete gratification and then moments that hurt so deeply, that the words cannot describe the feelings. But a question I ponder as I look back in time, what gets us through it all??
I will tell you LOVE.
Love – A four letter word that can push us forward and bring strength to every situation. It is that simple.
Love for self allows us to give grace for ourselves when we fall.
Love for others allows us to sympathize, identify with, gives us compassion and understanding of the human condition.
Love for our family pushes us through the times where we feel we can’t take that next step forward.
Love for our children drives us to be more and to show adversity in the face of pain. This love runs through every inch of our souls.
Love for our significant other or spouse, helps us to feel strong when we are weak, and equally bares the burdens we may feel at times.
Love for the Source beyond us. Knowing that there is something out there (God for me) that is guiding us, directing us on our path and reassuring us along the way.
Love pushes us forward, ushers us in the direction we need to go. In all of the moments, LOVE is a source that we need to draw from and leverage. If love can be our navigator, we can always take any step we need to in the right direction.
Today I pause for the love of a friend that smiled every time you saw her, and showed strength. Moments and time are so precious. I know she will be one of the most beautiful angels in heaven with her beautiful red hair.
May you pause today and concentrate on the love you have for someone else, and reflect on how fortunate we all are able to experience love in this life.
Dear Lord God, thank-you so much for giving me a heart that feels deeply. Thank-you for allowing me to reflect on my blessings today. I pray for those who are going through difficulty and loss, may you bring them sunshine through the rain. In Jesus Name Amen