This was a post that I wrote this past summer and filed away. As the seasons are changing, both outside and in my own life, I wanted to pull this out to share with you, my sweet sisters.
I’m sitting outside, at a park, watching my kids play with their friends. We’re enjoying the last days of summer and we’re in a park that has been devastated through this season by really strong thunderstorms and winds. There are trees down everywhere and it’s just incredible to look around and see both beauty and destruction in nature. The sky today is so blue and there are perfect clouds, low humidity, green and full trees, and cicadas making a racket. The creek is flowing and clear. But also as you look around, there’s a tree behind me and it’s splintered and broken and there are branches hanging and leaves dying on those hanging branches because they aren’t connected anymore. It’s just incredible to watch this cycle as nature is so full of life, but also clearly demonstrates death in many ways.
I think so often that’s how things in our lives go where there is such beauty and grace and things are growing, but at the same time there are other parts of us that are dying, that are being broken. It’s hard to live in that dichotomy of growth and brokenness. I find myself in that place in my own life right now, where spiritually in my walk with the Lord I feel like I’m thriving, I feel like He’s teaching me so much and my eyes are being opened to so many different things! But at the same time, there are trials and there are struggles going on right now that are just so big. Issues that seem so deep and wide that I can’t see the end of the tunnel, I can’t see how God is going to come through. But I know, just looking at the pattern of the world that He has created, that even when there is brokenness and death, He is still making things new. In nature, the pattern is that something has to die in order for new life to come. Some of these old trees that have fallen were choking out smaller trees, smaller plants that had no sunlight, that had no opportunity to grow because that tree was in the way and it needed to come down.
Sometimes in our lives there are things like that where something needs to come down to make room for the new, to make room for the growth. What parts of your life can you see growth? What is it in your life where you see thriving and growth? What is in your life that is dying, that is coming down, that is being broken? It can be a time of tremendous hardship and feel so distressing, but what if we also maintained the perspective that God is breaking and destructing something in your life so that He can grow something new? That is what He promises in His word,
“Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
Sweet sister, allow grief to come when something in your life dies. But hold onto hope because God says to us, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5