During times of disaster, heartache, and loss, it can become difficult to believe that life will ever return to any semblance of normalcy. The emotions you feel during such life-changing moments are important, as they represent signposts on your journey. Whether you’ve lost a home, a loved one, or a relationship, often the feelings of loss are the same. You may feel like you are alone or abandoned, like your world is crumbling around you, like you will never get through it, that nothing will ever be the same again or that the loss will be unrecoverable.
It is important to take time to feel these feelings, and fully experience the loss in order to heal and recover. The Bible tells us that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3.4). So often in our fast-paced society, it’s more common to stuff our feelings down - denying them - especially when they’re inconvenient and painful. But there is wisdom in what the Bible says: to take time and really experience what you’re going through. There will be time again for laughter and joy, once you’ve felt the pain and grieved the loss. When pain is not dealt with, it will resurface again in life at another equally inconvenient time. Even now, allow the Comforter into your heart to quiet your fears and encourage you. Take solace in knowing that you are never alone, just as Jesus tells us in Matthew 28.19: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Recently we experienced a disaster in our local city of Redding, California, when the Carr Fire swept through our region and destroyed homes and even took lives. The @thecrowningjewels is providing people like myself that lost our homes a custom necklace (swipe to see). This was so very generous. I selected a necklace titled: INSPIRED to remind me to invest my time, energy and attention to inspire others. Thank you for helping me rebuild. It didn’t even occur to me that I lost my jewelry collection in the fire until my auntie invited me to The Crowning Jewels to select a necklace. I’ll miss the old but am inspired to rebuild knowing God is in control #inspire #thecrowningjewels #carrfire