“A friend loves at all times…” – Proverbs 17:17
Let me be brutally honest for a minute. I have had some health struggles over the last year. A Lyme diagnosis, recurrent cholesteatoma, vestibular migraines, depression, anxiety…just things I’ve had to work through–but I do not claim them for my life! God is not blind to what I’ve been dealing with, and each day I am learning how to trust Him more and more. I can’t see Him, but I feel His love enveloping me and His sweet presence comforting me. Praising Him through my struggles has been massive.
Throughout this season I’ve been in, there have been many times when I’ve wondered: Will people keep on loving me? Or will they get tired of walking with me through the stormy days? Will they love me when the walk becomes a crawl?
I’ve had so many beautiful people that have come alongside me– to see me through the day-to-day, sometimes moment-by-moment, struggles.
I have had to learn to let go of things I have no control of. I have had to learn to be more open and honest with people. I have had to learn to sit and rest. I have had to learn to love myself more, and learn what self care looks like for me.
I have had to learn to let people in.
We really never know what others are going through. Sometimes, even the people closest to us won’t share their struggles for fear of being rejected, being looked down upon, or feeling like a burden.
If you know someone who is walking through the wilderness, just be there for them. No judgement, no criticism. Healing is not linear, and everyone has the right to heal in their own time.
The Bible says that Jesus came so we may have ABUNDANT life. This is a good reminder that even when we are walking through a dark time, we can be reminded that there is beauty in every day, if we choose to see it. Having abundant life is a promise from God, we must take hold of His promises that are true.
Do you know someone who is struggling in some way? Love them through it. Be there for them. And remind them that this will pass. God keeps his promises.
Keep loving and learning!