I offered several photos of different types of paths, and we passed around the pictures and several moms chose photos that depicted something of the path they are on with one another. This was a very revealing group experience.
I chose 4 photos that represented where I have been and where I am now . . .
1) A path leading into a dark and tree thickened woods - into the wilderness of grief.
2) A rock jetty leading out to sea - a time when I felt like I was on solid, but shaky ground surrounded by
a sea of sorrow.
3) A path that led through a beautiful garden, as God began to give and I was ready to receive "beauty for ashes."
4) A wide country path leading into an open space with the sun fully shining overhead, that path that depicts the
time and season, when I was "walking in fullness of God's light" once again.
Grief naturally sets us on a path, and the idea that we are on a path making a journey through grief indicates movement. Sadly,some who are wounded deeply by grief get stuck on a path that keeps taking them back to the edge of the tomb, afraid to imagine a path rich with color, hope, beauty and healing.
For me, I have always believed that life is intended by God to be a journey with Him behind, beside and before me.
I also believe that in response to difficult times and losses in our lives, we have a choice . . . to either follow God's lead or go our own way. Hopefully, we walk on the path that God has chosen for us, which leads us toward JOY, LOVE and PEACE.
I found this posted on Facebook this week - it was very affirming and encouraging to me . . .
My Dear Child,
Yes, the path I have chosen will take you through challenging times, but I will never leave or forsake you.
I have walked this path before you, I know the way, I know where I will take you.
The hardships you will face (if you will take my hand and my lead) will produce the most innocent JOY,
the purest LOVE and a PEACE beyond understanding.
And, in time (according to My time), you will see BEAUTY (just as I promise).
Stay on the path with Me.
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"
"He gives beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . " Isaiah 61:3