Five Minute Friday
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.
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!!