Today, is a not so easy one. I have been missing my dad every day for over 15 years now. His passing is something that has changed my outlook on everything, completely altering my attitude on what's really important, what's worthy and what's not worthy of considering a grievance.
I was nine and he was thirty-four. I have had to persevere my way through much of my life without my dad physically here. And it hasn't always been easy. Because sometimes daughters just need their daddies.
I am finding that the older I get the more I am reminded that he is no longer here, that I cannot call him up to just have a chat to ask how he's doing, or to simply tell him that I love him so much. I am reminded that he won't be there to put the fear of God into the man I marry someday, that he won't be there to walk me down the aisle or hold his grandchildren. He would have been perfectly overjoyed to be a part of these milestones, past and future ones to come.
God writes very unique stories for each of us. We may not always understand why He places adversities in our path. So why does God allow these tragedies to happen? I'm sure I am not alone when I ask this question.
Maybe we aren't meant to fully understand why He allows this to happen. Perhaps we must make a choice between letting a hardship tear us down or find a way to overcome.
With my personal story that God illustrated, I believe I had two choices upon entering tragedy as a little girl: to choose defeat and always question God OR to choose hope and trust in Him.
I would much rather live a life in the light than in the darkness.
[Proverbs 3:5-6] Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
My dad is no longer in the present; however, he is in the future, an eternal future.
How beautiful is that?
He left a legacy in my heart. He was the kindest-hearted man I have ever known. He utilized the time God gave him here on earth to instill a deeper hope in me, he encouraged me to have strong morals and values, to not be led by what others think but march to the beat of your own drum in the presence of God, he inspired me to have fun and smile through the difficult times.
For that, I am eternally grateful.
My God promises me that there will be a time free of pain and sorrows. That our hearts will no longer be heavy with grief and we will be immersed in the wonders of Heaven.
Whatever you are going through that is causing a heavy heart, remember that the pain is only temporary. We will overcome this and the adversities to come if we choose so.
Use your story to uplift others and know that there will be difficult days but we serve a living God who has overcome this world.
It takes an immensely strong person to overcome life's hardships with grace.