This is not a post about weight loss, though if you must know I can now brag about my ability to play give-and-take with the same 40 pounds. I can list that under my super powers along with my ability to sausage myself into a pair of spanx like it is an olympic sport! But that is not the point of this post.
Sometimes I am tempted to quit.
Do you ever feel like just giving up?
The hard space you are in never seems to end,
The doctor calls with the news that you have cancer,
You never seem to overcome that thing that seems to be destroying you, or maybe
the pain is relentless and you are weary.
And the elixir of despair roles in, blankets you and tempts you to just quit.
I have learned that some people quit showing up for their life long before they actually die.
Unable to cope, they mope and they turn to whatever can offer some whisperings of comfort.
I have been there.
It is the space of defeat and disillusionment.
9 years and roughly 70 pounds separate the woman in these 2 photos.
But the digital numerals on the scale were never the point, the storyline and the struggle can’t be tiddly summed up in a photo. Oh, photos can be so misleading, so let me peel back the curtain of what you do not see…
The photos don’t tell of the children missing, the health battles, the parenthood struggles, the marriage counseling, the parents dying, the rejection suffered, the pain continuing, and one thousand other tear dwelling spaces.
However, the photos DO silently proclaim a woman who has not quit and will not quit.
They hint of a woman who keeps showing up for her life and fighting for her freedom.
And today, dear one, that is my message to the one who is weary…surrender but don’t ever quit. In the midst of the storm Jesus is there, offering to carry you through, giving himself, and declaring His love for you. With Jesus, surrender feels a lot like freedom. And I am slowly but surely learning that you can find freedom in the hard spaces because God never wastes a hurt. He has you.
Focus your gaze carefully, breath deeply, surrender completely, and take the next step holding onto the One Who Has Mighty Plans For You. This too shall pass.
The question is always, will you allow God to shape you through it, or the enemy to destroy you because of it? We freely choose. And I pray today that you will always choose freedom.
Share with someone you love and remind them to keep taking the next step.