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Isaiah 43:18-19: Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert.

 

John 16:33 - Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world

Sometimes, we can't move on to the process of beginning unless we first Let. Go. It is not the beginning that is difficult, it is the letting go required for the beginning that is difficult.  My husband and I are experiencing that right now.  We are dealing with some trials and sorrows right now.  We will get through them, and they will pass, but not without a little time, and a lot of pain and grief.  We know that we will need to begin anew with some particular goals in our life... and we will.   Today was probably the peak of the difficulty in letting go, and we know we will let go, and it will get eaasier from here - but it's not all that easy right now.

 

I look forward to moving on to this new beginning.  I know that God has a plan for us and it is in motion right now.  Of course, I look forward to this painful part of His plan being behind us, but there is Glory, there is Comfort, and there is even a strange sense of peace walking through this painful time knowing He is with us.  Just a few hours after we entered this painful time of our life - we walked out on the deck after a brief, completely unpredicted, summer rain shower to see one of the most beautiful, and brightest rainbows I have ever seen.  In a time of great sorrow, I was reminded of God's promise through the rainbow to Noah in Genesis 9 (12-15):   Then God said, "I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come.  I have placed my rainbow in the clouds.  It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.  When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures.” (Genesis 9: 12-15). This rainbow seemed to be God saying to me "I am with you, this will pass, you will recover from this loss, TRUST ME! - It's going to be OK."

 

In talking with a close friend about this painful time, they pondered how people who don't have faith would handle this - I replied I didn't know.  "It still sucks, but with God, it seems to suck just a little bit less."  That may not be in any theological text, but it is the best way I can describe God's comfort during this time.

 

May God be With you.

 

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