Some of us will feel heightened anxiety during this time. Others will feel extremely depressed one day and fairly okay the next. And some of us will feel emotionally numb like we don't know what has hit us. And those of us who are leaders, pastors, helpers and the strong-tower of our circles that everyone else counts on for strength and emotional support, know that you will have days like I have had where you feel unequipped, utterly alone and unsure. It's OKAY.
Give yourself permission to grieve your losses ...whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of your job, the loss of the way things used to be, the loss of being able to physically gather with family and friends or the loss of something else. It's okay to grieve. It's okay to cry and it's okay if you feel ill equipped as you adjust and adapt to our new normal.
In this moment seek to take life one day at a time. Pray for WISDOM, STRENGTH & GRACE. Don'r be too hard on yourself. Extend grace and kindness to others. And never forget that even Jesus Wept (John 11: 35) at the death of Lazarus.
We are all in the midst of trauma ...However, we are in the midst of trauma together ...even when it feels like you are going through it alone. YOU ARE NOT WEAK, CRAZY or USELESS ..YOU ARE LIVING THROUGH COLLECTIVE TRAUMA.
(Psalm 30: 5) tells us that …”Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Joy Comes In The Morning…But Not Necessarily The Next Morning or The Morning After That (JOY IN THE MORNING IS ABOUT YOUR PERSPECTIVE, NOT A GIDDY FEELING THAT MAGICALLY APPEARS ON A CERTAIN CALENDAR DATE.
Nothing I have encountered in life or read about in the Bible has shown me that if I go to bed grieving a loss or deeply saddened that when I wake up the next morning my memory of the loss will be competently deleted, and I will never feel sad again. However, what enables BIBLICAL JOY (which is a quiet confidence that all things work together for our good & the settled awareness that God is in control of the details of our lives) to shed its light in my life is the fresh perspective that it brings.
Ever heard the phrase, "It's a new day?" When someone says this phrase they are not referring to a specific date on a calendar. They are referring to a new lease on lease and their willingness to embrace a new season along with the new perspective it brings.
**Therefore, Joy comes with a specific type of morning …the dawning of a new day or a new season in our life. So joy does come in the morning but not necessarily tomorrow morning.
**Joy comes with the dawning of hope and a future.
**Joy comes when the darkness of our pain and difficulty gives way to the warmth and brightness of the Holy Spirit working in us day by day, moment by moment, bit by bit.
**Joy comes as we begin to embrace a new season in our lives through the hope we find in Scripture.
Our circumstances may not change overnight and neither do our lives and hearts. We change our perspective over time, as we grow spiritually.
What Am I Saying? JOY IN THE MORNING otherwise known as A NEW LEASE ON LIFE comes when we choose to keep on pressing and stepping out on faith ...even if all we have is a little bit of faith because our hope is deferred.
With Love & Gratitude,