Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Ricocheting from Elation to Anguish
The odd dichotomy of it all has hit me in the last few days, right in the midst of the busiest week this blog has ever seen. On one hand, we're casually chit-chatting back and forth about the simple delights of our homes at Christmastime. On the other, we're gently sitting together with the grief and sorrow that seem to descend in torrents for those who are nowhere near celebrating this season.
And I think that this ricocheting from happy-clappy to soul-distress is not at all strange to most of us. For who among us hasn't gone from gut-deep laughter to torrents of tears in no time flat?
Nowhere is this more accurately reflected than in all that is happening in the lives of those closest to me - family, friends, clients - even as I write. I think it's fair to say that life has been more than difficult in recent months. Downright disappointing and uncertain, terrifying and life altering. Words can be so nebulous and they just don't hold a candle to the depth of physical, emotional, and spiritual despair that has descended like a cloud over these I care so deeply for.
But there have been radiant sparkles along the way, unexpected joys, sweet glimpses of the majesty of the glory of Christ, the warmth of the Spirit's presence. That steadfast hope we profess keeps on providing a rock solid anchor, secure in the midst of the storms that could so easily overwhelm.
For you, too?
When all is said and done, all we can do is be as authentic with each other as we can be as we share life together, whether conversing or writing, weeping or praying. Whether from the lowest pit. Or the mountaintop peak. And trust that our Redeemer will be gracious enough to give us an extra helping of His grace-laden presence in whatever ways we need.
And please, God. One or two souls to walk with us as we traverse those agonizing depths. Or rejoice in the glory of the heights.
> Conversing at Emily's & Lyli's