As I walked this morning on the rail trail, deep in my own thoughts about which way to go and how best to serve God, I was reminded that my thoughts needed to be on God and his guidance. After all, how many times has God’s loving words proven true when whispered in my heart: “I know the plans I have for you…”
So how was I reminded that my thoughts were misplaced?
Lost in my own darkness, I suddenly noticed a ray of light shining on my path. The sun had broken over the mountains. I stopped and smiled. I remembered a time long ago–so it seems–when the late February sun broke through the bleak of winter, making my heart fill with hope once again.
I was on a retreat just a week after my I buried my boyfriend. Still reeling from the shock of his accident and slowly coming to grips that he was gone, I heeded my friends’ advice to come on the retreat. I really just wanted to be alone. But I went, and spent time alone there in a crowd.
While others were gathered in prayer one afternoon, I snuck off to walk in the woods. The snow was still on the ground, although patches of brown peeked through here and there. I stopped to sit on a log. It was the perfect place to breakdown and weep. And so I broke and wept.
I felt alone, confused and so unsure of the future. What was next? What was I to do? My future looked so uncertain.
As my head hung low and the tears slowed their pace, I sat still and numb. My eyes were closed but suddenly I felt a strange warmth. It grew stronger. With my head still hanging low, I opened my eyes to see a ray of light streaming down upon the ground in front me. I looked up towards the sky and noticed the sun breaking through the clouds.
For I know the plans I have for you…I heard God whisper…
God is whispering the same promise still.
God’s light will always break through and shine. Always.
I continued to walk this time with thoughts on the goodness of God.
There is always hope. Amen.
Beautiful, Donna! Thank you.
Thank you, Katie! Blessings to you!
So many times on my way to work, with a million and one thoughts on my mind, the Son and the sun, shine brightly to clear my mind and warm my heart reminding me He is always with me; even when I doubt or can’t see.
Beautiful story, thank you for sharing.
Yes, it was the Son and the sun shining. Thank you for sharing as well. Many blessings to you!