Friday, April 5, 2013

After...Darkness Comes the Light!


Five Minute Friday

After…

Darkness comes the light!

There was before…

We were a cute little family. Mom, Dad, 3 kids, one teen, a three year old, one just two.
Life wasn’t perfect. We’d had our hurdles. But we were breathing a deep sigh as my beloved and I headed down the shore to get away together. I remember breathing as we laied on the beach. Really feeling for the first time in a long time, ahhhhhhh.

After that weekend, just four days after. Chris was hit by a car. It was bad. He had suffered traumatic brain injury. Truly unimaginable stuff. The accident broke through our little world—sharp, hard, uncertain, awful. It shook us from our core. How could this happen?

But it did.

And after, things were not the same. Chris was not the same. And it took a very long time after for us to get back together again. Kind of like humpty dumpty…it took a lot of people, and a really big God.
But now it ‘s been a long time after, going on 21 years. And so much happened after. Amelia was born after. Chris lived after and grew after. Our marriage survived after and is now flourishing. Life has gone on after.

So much better than I could’ve ever imagined.
After can be a really hard thing. After can mark great sorrow, difficulty, pain. But after can be an unimaginably good thing. Because God promises there is always after. He is in the after. He is our anchor.

After all, there is light, there is healing, there is recovery, there is a new thing. After all, there is life and hope. We’re living after. We’re loving after. When you’re in it, you can’t see after, but God can. He’s got the whole picture. And He really is trustworthy. Oh there are times I doubted, but He’s real. He shows up and you can see Him if you look, sometimes real carefully. You can see Him in the before, in the present, in the After. He really is there, here.

Without the After, I don’t know how well I would’ve seen God. I mean I knew Him and I had recommitted myself to Him. Decided yes, I wanted a real relationship with this big God. And He proved Himself faithful.

After darkness, there has been light.

Five Minute Friday

NOTE: This post is based on a prompt from Lisa-Jo Baker. Lisa-Jo hosts a link-up every week, Five Minute Friday. She gives us one word, and we write for five minutes. It's fun...and if you've always wanted to write, this could be a great start. Come on over and give it a try. Blessings!!


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27 comments:

  1. what a story... of grace in the after...

    thank you for having the courage to share.

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    1. What a life you're living Richelle. Just visited your blog. Wow!

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  2. All I can think after reading your testimony is how God is the most glorified in not only surviving, but championing over the horrifying. Because not a single person would blame you for being bitter. People like you convict me, and encourage me.
    Thanks for sharing and blessings.
    Cheers,
    Leah

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    1. Oh Leah...I wish I could take credit. But truly it's our awesome God. He has done great and mighty things for us...and more than anything He has walked through every moment with us. He never leaves us, but I can go running from Him from time to time. Bless you!

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  3. Love hearing this story over and over because it speaks of God's goodness and restoration!

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    1. You know...I guess I just can't get over the miracle we've lived. God is that good!

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  4. Thank you for your raw honest heart here. Those moments when the after defines us is so crucial. So thankful to see God so big in your after. Beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. God does give us beauty for ashes.

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  5. What hope you have conveyed!! If it didn't get dark every once in awhile, we wouldn't see the light as clearly. Each of us have 'darks,' they just take different forms. Thanks for the light today!

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    1. We do have darks...and we can get down with the dark places in our lives. And it's not that I haven't gone there. But God proves Himself faithful to me time after time after time...

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  6. "When you're in it, you can't see after, but God can. He's got the big picture."
    This is so, so true...and so, so hard to remember. Thank you for the much-needed reminder. I'm walking in one of those places now where I long to be able to see the after, to be able to see how it all fits together. It can be tough to forge ahead when you don't know where you're headed.
    Visiting you from Five Minute Friday- so grateful you shared your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Abbey...I pray God would give you a sense of His love and presence as you walk through. God bless you and yours. As my grandmother used to say, "This too shall pass." All things change in time.

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  7. You've been there, done that. And out of your heartbreak, you're giving so many people hope with your story ... thank you!

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    1. Oh Linda, bless you for saying so. I so want to glorify God for what He's done in our lives!

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  8. Very good post. I tend to like conclusions, and yours is great. After darkness there has been light. So true and the only One who can do that - God.
    I'm glad you all made it through and beyond the accident. You're right, going through is much different than before and after!
    Thanks, Jenn

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jenn. We have been blessed with a continuing story...it could've been very different and I am very aware of that.

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  9. The way God redeems is amazing...thank you for this encouragement, friend! Blessings on your weekend. :)

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  10. God's after (even His before) is so much better than we can even think or dream. Thank you for sharing your story to uplift the name of the God we serve.

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  11. Wow. Stunningly well written and inspiring. Thanks for sharing this great testimony.

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    1. This is our Big God Story...there are many little ones laced throughout. I guess I can't help but share.

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  12. Cam here by way of Melanie Wilson's blog. What a fantastic testimony to the faithfulness of God, even in the ugliest of times. Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. What a powerfully inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it. I can't wait to return and follow more of your posts. Trauma weaved itself into my life early, I only wish I had a smidgeon of your faith back then! Blessings to you.

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  14. Oh I am so glad you linked this post up...it is such a beautiful reminder that God is in the befores and afters. Such a powerful story!!

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