The last few years have been a struggle, to say the least. You’ve found yourself hardly able to keep up with life’s changes, losses, and grief in your varying circumstances. Not to mention you’ve allowed the heaviness of the world to weigh you down.
Today, you notice the darkness lifting and you’re seeing small cracks of light again. You feel the warmth on your face, the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, and tightly embrace your son’s neck before school. You even caught yourself laughing at something silly again.
You feel a change in the tide. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know God is telling you to keep going forward- don’t get stuck in your past. He’s revealing it to you through people, songs, your kids, and opportunities. You can’t ignore it.
The other day I watched the waves on the gulf coast more intently than I normally do. Just as they reached their peak, in a matter of seconds they fell crashing onto the shore – steaming and bubbling. I was entranced waiting for the next round to roll in.
We all fall and crash at some point like the waves of the sea. We can’t stay on top forever. And these last few years have taught us more than those peaks ever could. The difficult, painful, gut-wrenching times have stretched and pulled our faith muscles like nothing else. The trials have caused us to doubt and question everything we are, everything our friends are, and even who God is.
The darkness has also taught us the beauty of time and being thankful for what’s most important in our lives. We’ve learned God is still good when life is not.
Yes, my friend, you’ve endured a lot, but what if now’s the time for your breakthrough? What if now’s the time to really start living again and not striving so hard to please others? What if now’s the time to take the next step toward your future? What if now’s the time to surrender everything and let Jesus heal you?
Don’t ignore the signs. Your breakthrough is now.
Samantha Krieger is wife to Jeremiah and mama to 2 boys & 2 girls- 13 and under. She loves iced coffee, TJ Maxx, and mascara. She’s the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her work has been featured on the Today Show online, For the Family, Love What Matters, and Cafe Mom. She writes from Florida’s gulf coast and enjoys connecting with readers on her personal blog, Facebook and Instagram.