Navigating the Darkness
It is at my lowest, that I have learned what it truly means to lean on the Lord for strength. Two months ago, my grandfather passed away somewhat suddenly. This has by no means been an easy process but each day I wake up, I know I have a purpose to fulfill. It is also in this process that God has taught me how to navigate the darkness.
I have always prided myself on being strong and independent. While these are awesome traits to have, I now know that in times of turmoil, I have to allow people to be there for me. Perhaps the best way to explain it is through a recent personal encounter that God used to minister this concept to me. There was one occasion when I was driving alone late at night. I have an older model car, so even with the bright lights turned up to the maximum, I still had difficulty seeing. No matter what I did (wearing my driving glasses, scooting up my seat, and even turning down my radio so I could focus intently on the road), nothing seemed to help. After driving for a bit, some other cars caught up with me. Some behind me and others beside me. With their car lights illuminating the road, I was able to see more clearly.
Although you may be enduring a tough time right now and are struggling to see what’s ahead. Do not stop moving. God has strategically placed some people in your lives to light your path. Allow them to be there for you and support you. It is during times of loss and grief that you learn who is truly there for you. Do not let your pride get in the way. No one will ever fill the void in your life but you will see who is willing to stand in the gap.
Allowing people to be there for you is not a sign of weakness. It is actually an exercise in strength by not bottling everything up. Healing is a process and you must work at it. Do not allow the enemy to distract you by focusing on what you don’t have or who is no longer in your life. Instead be thankful for those who have remained to aid you in this tough time. After all, “....If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. Seriously, do not swayed by trivial matters. You still have much to accomplish.