<photo by the waiter + selfie stick>
Has life ever blindsided you? This is a <fill in the blank> type of question.
When you think back on that time, do you take a deep gasp of breath, followed by a spasmodic shiver throughout your entire body? I do.
Blindsided … punched in the gut, slapped in the face, knocked out … without warning.
I spent a day at Shepherd in Atlanta this week meeting with new friends. Being blindsided in life was the recurring theme.
I listened to their stories … the play-by-play events leading up to their blindsiding hits. Yet, these stories were not a game … neither is yours. There was no warning.
<Selfie pic … simply enjoying the city park .. didn’t see this ‘guy’ photo bombing me, BLINDSIDED>
Most people will encounter a life changing event. Initially falling into darkness is expected; however, staying there is harmful not only to ourselves but for those around us.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance …” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
After allowing the necessary space and time to stand back up and regroup, the question to ask ourselves is … ‘Have we started to move out of the darkness and into the light?’
Reality is life moves on, with or without us. There are times that I still fall into darkness. Careful … it is easy to settle there, becoming comfortable, almost relaxing within its unhealthy grip. The battle then is in our minds … Satan injecting hopelessness and doubt.
On Tuesday morning, I listened intently to my new friends from Shepherd … their openness and transparency … their struggles and fears of the unknown.
<photo by waiter … people need people … new friends>
Yet, their recurring message and Gift for me was their Hope and Joy moving forward in their lives … lives that have been forever changed. <Wait a minute! I’m the senior member here, 6 years post> I was blessed, once again.
They had Wisdom and Faith … yet both had been hard fought and tested in the battle.
I am not an expert on anything in life … perhaps coffee and chocolate. I am simply sharing with you how I have seen people moving successfully out of darkness and into light … including:
-Standing firmly on the Promises, the Hope, and the Word of Jesus Christ.
–Purposely reaching out to others while realizing life is not meant to be ‘done’ alone. Everyone is in different stages of their journeys … the people ahead of you provide hope and wisdom … and those behind you are often grasping for you to take their hand to offer encouragement.
Pressing Toward Joy thought of the day … Be willing to reach out and ask someone to take your hand. Be willing to take the hand of someone who may need your strength.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7
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