“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way; walk in it.”
~ Isaiah 30:21
You are not alone.
One of the things that I have learned about living along the Gulf is that every story seems to start with the name of a storm. I have survived several now having lived in the Houston area for twenty years. Each one has left the community I live in a little different. I can remember my first trip out towards the Texas City Dike after Hurricane Ike. A single pole remained along the shoreline where a dock once stood prior to the storm.
Although it stood alone, it still served a purpose. It was a resting place for a single bird.
To the bird, it was a place of rest and a place to watch the ships go by. The post still served a purpose.
One of the things I have learned about the loss of something is that time doesn't necessarily heal. It does, however, give us distance. So often after a tragic loss or change in our life we don't see that there are still many things we are useful for.
All too often I hear people ask me, "What will I do now?" after suffering a loss.
I can remember sitting with a friend just over a decade ago after losing my job, my home, and suffering a serious health issue. I told her, "I don't know who I am now."
In her wisdom she reminded me that we are Ecclesiastical people with many chapters or seasons. When one ends, another begins. Each chapter is important and serves a specific purpose.
God is always a God of new beginnings. God assures each of us that God will always be present. With each new beginning, and at each moment where something may be an end or a transition is encountered, God is very real and present.
Even when the loss is so great that you may feel alone, remember you are never truly alone, and your life always can serve a purpose!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.