Until they meet again

Joy comes in the morningIt may be clear to you now… God is doing a deep thing in me.  Yes there is hurt but only for the soul purpose of coming out on the better side.  Yesterday a portion of hurt was added to my life.  It is interesting how one can hurt so badly, yet be very aware of God’s work and His grace.  
Yesterday I knew I needed to hurt and feel every emotion that rose to the occasion.  There was anger, disappointment, sadness, grief.  But I also knew I would wake up in the morning and Hope would join me. Throughout the day yesterday there was never just one emotion.  There wasn’t just the pain.  No, I could clearly see my blessings and celebrate them.  That is such a neat experience.  And that is God’s grace!  
There is something very beautiful to letting yourself go ‘there’.  To not be afraid of pain.  At times, it really is good to just be there.  Period.  I have had people tell me to not dwell on the past.  When I have hurt, I have had people step in and tell me all the good things that lay ahead.  Apart from the pain, I just don’t understand why people are so afraid of it.  Why is there such a need to get away from it as soon as possible?  Do people not know there is beauty in pain?  That there is beauty in ashes?
MaddyChristine Hope Photography-0730Because it is in that pain that God can do amazing things.  It is in that pain that God can show that He truly is God and good. It is in pain that God has a way of showing Himself.  It is in pain we can show God we truly believe and follow.  In pain there is true worship.
And so today I am reminded to let His love seep into the inner recesses of my being.  To not close off any part of myself from Him.  He knows me inside and out, so I will not try to present a ‘cleaned-up’ version of myself to Him.  Wounds that I shut away from the Light of His love will fester and become wormy.  So I open myself fully to His transforming Presence.
~ Sarah Young’s Devotional ‘Jesus Calling’ ~
And as I hurt God tells me: ” Come to me continually.  I am meant to be the Center of your consciousness, the Anchor of your soul.  Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far you allow it to wonder.”  ~ Sarah Young’s Devotional ‘Jesus Calling’ ~  This tells me it is okay to hurt… it is okay to go there.  But as I do this, I should not shut out God’s truth.  There is never just pain.
Isaiah 55:8-9 
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts


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6 comments on “Until they meet again

  1. Elizabeth

    smile. big smile.

  2. Sharron

    So true, we are so afraid of pain and just “sitting” with it! I think people are not good with most things that are uncomfortable. I know I struggle with this! Thank you for sharing your heart and your thoughts Maddy!

  3. marja

    Lieve Maddy,ik ben altijd onder de indruk hoe eerlijk jij over je leven schrijft.En vandaag helemaal omdat het zo veel gebeurt dat we geen pijn willen zien in onszelf of elkaar.Als we dat met elkaar zouden willen leren hebben we waarschijnlijk minder psychiaters nodig…….En ook ik heb ondervonden dat in en door pijn heen God je heel dicht naar zich toe trekt…….en Zijn liefde als een helende hand je pijn aanraakt…

  4. sarahgirl3

    This is so profound, and so simple at the same time. Beautifully written, and I pray I remember this the next time I want to run from pain.

    1. MaddyChristine Hope Brokopp

      Thank you for visiting Sarah. It is truly a delight to have you here!!