My husband and I were out enjoying nature the other morning, and it made me think about how we see life. We came to a spot at a local bird refuge, and there was so much growing in the water that we couldn’t see through it. I had a new lens on our camera, and I wanted to get some good shots, so I was feeling a bit frustrated.
My husband kept saying that there was a clearing up ahead, but I couldn’t see it. After walking for awhile the growth started to lessen. Suddenly we broke through to an area where the lake became more visible. We couldn’t see everything, but we could see much more than earlier.
Sometimes we get so focused on what’s in front of us at the moment, that we forget what might be right around the corner. That can be wonderful if what you’re dealing with is something joyful, but what if what you’re dealing with something painful, frustrating, or scarey?
Like everyone else, I have hard times come into my life. When I’m in the middle of something like that, it’s hard to remember that this is not going to be the focus of my life forever. If I can remind myself that I’ve dealt with hard times before, and I’ve survived, it can be helpful.
Do what you need to do to help yourself go through your times of challenge, and while you’re doing that, remind yourself that change is a constant. Nothing ever stays the same. Life — and scenery — is constantly changing! Just when you think you can’t hold on any longer, you break through all the confusion, pain, and fear — and things start to smooth out.
Finally, we came to an area that was completely clear, and it revealed the bigger picture of the lake. It was there all the time! We just couldn’t see it for awhile.
If you are at a place in your life where you just can’t see an end to whatever you’re struggling with, try to stay patient, reach out for help, and then gently encourage yourself to just keep moving forward until things begin to clear.
Until next time,