Last night I went to take 2 of my children, 12 and 6 years old, to the fireworks show. This got rained out. I was all super excited and ready with my camera, of course. Driving home, slightly disappointed I was in this stop and go traffic when I thought to myself this would be a great image! I took my camera in hand and captured the picture above. I'm pretty happy with it overall but as I was looking at it today I was inspired to write about having a limited view.
I thought about applying this concept to everyday life. Looking back at the various trials I've endured they always preoccupy so much time, energy and emotion. Being on the "other side" of things now and seeing how not only was it not as terrible as I felt it was and often became a springboard or catalyst for some other things to enter my life that is often better than where I was before.
I am going through a lot right now, but through it all I'm learning to trust God more closely, deeply and earnestly. I'm seeing in spite of my failings, my sins, He loves me, He forgives me, He provides. I'm also humbled and realize that although I am not comfortable, and experiencing distress and even crisis, He is still here for me. One day soon, (though in this moment not soon enough) I will be stronger, I will be wiser, I will have grown.
I don't believe God is the author of bad things happening to us, most of the time we do that on our own by the choices we make, but I do believe He can use those "bad" things and turn them into something good, beautiful and useful.
It's easy to have limited sight when you're in and going through the storm, but my encouragement to you all, is to just keep going.
In the words of Winston Churchill, " if you're going through hell, keep going"