"And then through darkness, there came a light"
Sometimes it's not certain place that break through happens. It doesn't have to be a church, a concert, or in a room full of people.
Sometimes you're all alone.
You've poured your heart out over and over again in the creases of the worn notebook and it's off-white paper; but you pick up the pen with the faded ink anyway, and you continue to write until your hand is numb. You cry out.
And then, you're heard.
No, not something audible you hear, but rather, your plea to God when the stress of overwhelming you, is more than just acknowledged, it's heard.
It's not an 3-minute instant microwave miracle, but rather, a moment of peace. A single second where you feel as if
something, someone, is wrapping their arms around you.
You feel like you've come out on top of the waves for a solid minute and you can catch your breathe.
The storm isn't over and the waters are still raging, but just that moment of peace, the one that comes the second you decide to wholly devote yourself to the Way-Maker, the Calmer of storms, can give you the strength you need to pick up and carry on.
To conquer the waves you must first learn to stop fighting, and let God fight. Let yourself go in over your head.
When you war with your own strength, you're destined to fail and choke.
When you open up your fists, the ones that have been closed for so long you've forgotten what it feels like to be free, then it happens.
You learn to let go.
You learn to ride the waves, instead of trying to control them.
You stop swimming against the water, but letting them carry you.
My friends I am speaking to myself but also speaking to you.
Open up your hands to the God of love, the God of peace, and the God who has plans for you.
The storm may pick back up, but catch you breath and let go. For you only have each passing moment to make this life beautiful. It's too short to live with gritted-teeth and clenched-fists.
Open up your heart, and find peace.
I'm still sitting in my bedroom alone.
I haven't had a grand revelation on how to solve my problems and conquer the doubt and fear, but I opened up my hands, and I let the worry go.
The whole world doesn't know I caught my breath, and I definitely don't have it all together now.
But I know to be true, that my God loves me, and He loves you. He wants good for you and everyone else. Hold fast to that.
Let all you do be done in love,