make it personal

This morning it is extraordinarily windy on the lake. Huge gusts assault our back deck and rattle windows. Seagulls dance on the air and there are literal whitecaps on the water. I absolutely love the wind; it’s simultaneously jarring, and exhilarating, and I often muse about the “winds of change,” whenever it blows in a decidedly evident fashion.

Years ago, heading up Mt St Helens, it was particularly blustery coming out of the tree line and I made reference to the promised change to my husband. Unbeknownst to me, it would be only a short time before I experienced a change that radically and permanently adjusted my understanding of an important relationship.

Winds of change indeed.

Looking back to that day, I could have never expected what was just around the corner, nor its significant affect on my sense of value and security. At the time, it felt as though the world I knew could never be the same, and in reality, it has not been. Simultaneously and most significantly, however, is the truth that while my existence had been rocked, that experience also shook loose parts of my heart, soul and identity which were too closely tied to things of this world, instead of grounded in the truth of who I am in Christ.

Change had come.

Moving into 2019, I am choosing to resist the desire to throw 2018 away, or to take loss or disappointment as a personal affront. When we step into the position of recognizing God’s sovereignty over our lives, we can begin to forgive those who perhaps have disillusioned us, or situations that feel as though they may break us. We can honor the truth that life happens, and sometimes awfully, but that God can and will bring about blessings and refreshing, revelation and growth, even out of the most horrific of circumstances.

Never the same, but always redeemed.

Forgive. Release. Take that experience and honor it for what it is; grief, anger, loss, pain… Fully embracing the most significant of life’s challenges is the single most effective way to open doors of growth, revelation and authenticity. Never doubt your significance, or the value of recognizing God’s hand over your life.

For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. – Psalm 126:5

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. – Ezekiel 37:26

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