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Monday, March 8, 2010

tHe NeW nOrMaL

tHe NeW nOrMaL

"The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow." (Isaiah 62:2)

A friend and I were talking this past week. It sort of went like this, "How are you doing?"

"I'm OK and you?"

and this went on for a minute or two and then we went a little deeper. "Yes, life isn't the same, is it? And it never will be."

You see, people think that after any life changing incident in our life, we will get back to our old self. We talked about how people mean well but use the old cliche's of "They are in a better place" or "You'll see them again." Where these things are true, they do not make the pain any less. And they never will. For we are forever changed.

And God does not wish us to stay in that same place. He hopes we will grow spiritually and be able to learn not just about ourselves but about others.

"New" can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But to those going through challenges in their spiritual growth it can sometimes mean they are lonely, weary, empty, frustrated, hurting, hopeless, fearful or discouraged; "new" is not always something wonderful. And if you have ever been at this place in your life, you were at a place where it was impossible to reason with. Somewhat like a trapped hurt animal.

When this time comes (and it will) or if it has happened to someone we love, all we can really do is call on God's words, because it is really all that makes sense at this point. This is when we hold onto "My grace is enough; it's all you need." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

It is during this time when the weaker we become, the brighter our light shines. The light of our Lord shines through the torn and battered places in mine and your life.... revealing His Light into a world of darkness...

We are now living a "New Normal"...

3 little hearts from you...:

Melli said...

Yea... we have found that there is a "new normal" just around every corner! Adjustments don't just come from the death of a loved one... sometimes they come from having one move in with you... and lose her little mind... one gray wrinkle at a time...

Denise said...

God bless you my friend, love you.

Julie said...

Yea, you have talked about me... my life....my last year... in more ways than one.

It doesn't help to be told "you will see them again, they are in a better place now... no more suffering..." It just doesn't help at all. Your life has been altered in a way that will never be the same. Things don't get back to "normal"... you just have to learn to move on with things as they are, seeing God ever present.

And the "new" that God is doing in me, in my husband... yea.. it doesn't feel so good at times.

I get this post.. I really do!