As a Highly Sensitive Person, the negative happenings in our world directly impact the news media and social media. It also has an influence upon me. Not for the good.
It's like a black cloud loomed over my head. No matter what I did, I couldn't shake it.
I prayed. I cried. I pleaded for God to come to my rescue.
This morning, I sensed something new changed. The heaviness started to lift.
As I drove my daughter to work, there were dark clouds in the sky. They were thick and gray. Very ominous.
Unexpectedly, the sun burst through. As it pushed the clouds apart, beautifully brilliant light shined over me.
Immediately, a verse came to my mind. "May the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be kind to you. May the Lord show favor toward you, and give you peace." Numbers 6:25-26 (NLV)
In that amazing moment, it's like Jesus wrapped me in His gentle embrace. He used the dark clouds and bright sunlight to speak to me. His love reached down from heaven to comfort me.
On my ride home, the Lord continued to reveal something important to me. He reminded me that there is power in my story. And to always be true to myself.
Each of us has power in storytelling. We have the power to change lives for the better. The power to touch others in a positive way.
The power to inspire. To motivate. To educate. To equip others to learn something new.
We have the power to lift up. The power to heal. The power to ignite hope.
When we bravely tell our stories, no matter what we've gone through, people will identify with us. Somewhere in our storytelling, they relate on a deep level.
When we have courage to share the hard places, the sorrow, the grief, the depression, the broken lives, the emptiness, and darkness, someone else will nod their head in agreement. Because we each have gone down uncertain paths.
We've experienced brokenness and breakthroughs. Trials and triumphs. The lows and highs in our life journey.
Today, may you see that every single chapter is God's love letter to you. Sometimes, it may look like Job who lost his health, wealth, and family. Other times, it may appear like Joseph who was attacked and abandoned by his own brothers.
But their story didn't end in a pit or a jail. You see, our Abba Daddy used their losses, pain, and hardships for something good. After a season of suffering, the Lord flung open the heavens. And His beautiful light shined upon their faces to declare victory.
My prayer for you is to understand that every chapter in your life story has meaning and purpose. Even the messy moments when you feel alone or abandoned.
Whether you are in the midst of joy or sadness, may God give you a special glimpse of His light to fill your heart with love. May it ignite hope in you to keep shining and bravely tell your story.