Is Life Heavy Right Now?

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

Growing up I hated to write. As a teenager I started journaling, specifically prayer journaling. I seem to have this little issue of getting distracted easily. I discovered that having pen in hand and paper in front of me helped me focus and be more intentional in what I wanted to say. As an introvert, writing has been a place where I feel safe to share my deepest thoughts, longings and struggles. I find it rather funny that now I am bold enough to share my writing with the world. That has taken a BIG step of faith and courage for me to get to this point.

I seem to be in this season in my life. Like a lot of people, this season is not necessarily a joyful season but a season of many trials and tribulations. I was talking to a friend not long ago and she said, I thought life was supposed to get easier when you got older. In reality, it has gotten more challenging and the stakes seem to be much higher.

My world was rocked a couple weeks ago by unexpected news. News I never even considered I would hear. Someone very close to me was diagnosed with the dreaded “C” word, cancer. Over the past several months I have had classmates and acquaintances receiving that diagnosis, but I have never had someone in my inner circle receive that diagnosis. It rocked my foundation and made me step back and have to contemplate life changing again forever. I realize this sounds ridiculous, but I couldn’t cope with the feelings and thoughts that I wrestled with. I have always seen this person as invincible and the thought of them not being in my life was something I couldn’t face. In fact, at this moment, the tears are streaming down my face again. That’s what happens every time my thoughts drift to them. In the midst of the uncertainty, God’s love, care and protection are evident all over this situation. In spite of my shock and fear, I have watched this giant in my life continue to be a pillar of strength and blaze a trail of hope and peace for me. I thought in a situation like this, I was supposed to be the one supplying the words of hope and encouragement? Of course I did try and do that, but I think I received more than I gave.

For those of you that know me, music is a huge part of my life. I am a trained singer and find much solace and comfort through music. This song has brought me a lot of peace lately. I hope that it might provide that for someone else.

Into the Sea (It’s Gonna Be OK) by Tasha Layton

[Verse 1]
My heart is breaking
In a way I never thought it could
My mind is racing
With the question, “are you still good?”

[Pre-Chorus]
Can you make something
From the wreckage?
Would you take this heart
And make it whole again?

[Chorus]
Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”

[Verse 2]
I’ve blamed myself
And if I’m honest, maybe I’ve blamed you too
But You would not forsake me
’Cause only good things come from You

[Chorus]
Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”

[Bridge]
From beginning to the end
You’re so close
You have never let me down
And you won’t
In the valley, in the shadows, I know
You’re so close
You’re so close

[Chorus]
Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”

[Outro]
It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok
I’m gonna be ok, I’m gonna be ok

If you are going through a trying time right now, I pray that you find peace in the midst of your circumstances. God is a whisper away and is waiting for us to invite Him into our lives. As the lyrics say, “it’s gonna be ok, I’m gonna be ok.”

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Blessings and Peace,

Mary

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