I’ve been pondering the ebbs and flows of life lately. It’s so easy to become complacent and secure with where we believe God has placed us. Things can change so suddenly, in an instant, leaving you spinning out of control as you desperately try to hold on to all that once was.
I can no longer hang on to the past. I must let go of the missteps, disappointments and lost dreams. Thankfully, I know the One who holds all things together.
Some of those things that I am having to let go of He holds secretly in the palm of His hand, waiting for the right time to restore them back me. Other things, He’s thrown into the water and allowed them to be taken out with the tide.
I want so desperately to trust Him as I lean into this place of barrenness. There is an emptiness that has taken residence in my soul, a woundedness that only He can heal. It’s not from any one thing, but a myriad of events over the last four or five years that has left my heart aching for better days.
I yearn for joy in times of sorrow, for plenty in times of lack, and for love in times of strain.
I yearn for healing from a broken heart, hope in times of despair and peace in times of stress.
I yearn for truth, and the strength to surrender it all back into the Father’s hands.
Change comes quickly, and loudly at times, like the roar of the ocean waves. But when the waves recede, there is a peace and calm that quietly soothe the soul and washes away all that’s held onto, until all that remains is Him .
[tweetthis url=”http://bit.ly/1JVCU61″]As I lay broken on water’s edge, He picks me up and carries me out with the tide. @BarbieSwihart #TheWeekendBrew[/tweetthis]
I’m not sure what season you are in, but I do know this: All of your struggle and disappointments will be turned to joy in the end. Let us continue to surrender to the ebbs and flows of life and allow God to carry us out with the tide.
I hope this post encouraged you. These days I often feel as if my heart is bleeding on the page. Thank you for allowing me to share openly and honestly my journey. Writing, when it happens, helps me to process the deep things in my heart.
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