You’ve seen them. They see the silver lining in every storm. They take the lemons and make lemonade for everyone.
They take the frown and turn it upside down.
They make optimistic people look like pessimists.
Half glass always full.
The word “empty” is not even in their vocabulary.
Defeat is unacceptable.
You may have been one of these types of individuals at some point in your life.
A bounce back girl.
A give me all you got kind of guy.
Then something happened.
It was not sudden.
It snuck up on you like an evening shadow.
You did not wake up one morning as a totally discouraged person.
But something had definitely transpired.
The clouds now lingered longer.
The weight was harder to lose.
People were not hiring middle aged workers.
The grandchild you lived for passed away.
The love of your life was no longer a part of your life.
The voice who brightened every day with, “Good morning.”, was now silent.
Your father, your mother, once the foundation of your existence, entered into the beginning stages of dementia.
Your once full nest of bustling children’s activities became an empty nest, and you did not even recognize the person your spouse had become.
In fact, if you knew then, what you know now, you would probably not even marry them again.
Not the first time, nor the next time.
And after multiple years of marriage, it was over.
No one’s fault.
It was just over.
The princess inside of you and the once charming prince inside of him had been wounded, thrust deep by the mighty sword we call life.
Only you did not die immediately.
Instead, you have been bleeding to death for years.
Slowly oozing every ounce of life you once had.
You asked yourself multiple times, “Was this it? Was this all there was to life? This is what I was living for? This is why I was born? To slowly bleed to death?”
The word insignificant is how you now self describe yourself.
YET, when you are at your very lowest point, when your greatest wish is to disappear from the face of the earth…
…something inside of you moves.
You feel it.
I call it “the flutter”.
It’s like the tiniest, almost unrecognizable remembrance of all you have been, and all you still want to be.
That “flutter” is the hope you still have buried deep within you.
It is this hope that you cling to during the dark moments.
It is this hope that gives you a renewed look on your own life and circumstances.
Hope is what brought you to this point in your life.
Hope is what will keep you going.
Hope is what will get you through this.
God did not bring you this far to abandon you.
He brought you this far to take you farther.
Use this prayer today, from King David, to remind yourself that God truly does want the best for your life.
He has promised you good things.
“O Lord, God, why have you showered your blessings on such an insignificant person as I am? And now, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me an eternal dynasty! Such generosity is far beyond any human standard. What can I say? You know what I am like! You are doing all these things just because you promised to and you wanted to! You have promised me these good things, so do as you have promised.” 2 Samuel 12:18-29