Empty Days

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"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

I remember when I used to wish I could have a few days off.  

I was so busy.  I had a job, was going to school, and raising a family.  Free time was scarce. 

Suddenly I had more 'free time' than I knew what to do with. A car accident that triggered a stroke saw to that.

But that free time had a price tag.

Pain, immobility, loss.

God opened doors for me that I didn't expect.  I had found a new normal. 

Now, the days seem empty again, with my husband gone.

And I know God will show me how to fill them.

But for the moment, I feel empty inside again.

It's odd to think that my immediate family is just my two adopted kids and myself.

It feels empty.

Hollow.

Then I stop and think.  Some people, who try to live their lives without God feel this way all the time.

I have the reassurance that God will walk with me through this emptiness and that the days will become normal again - a new normal - but normal.

I simply can't imagine life without God.

Oh, I know I walked a long time without Him.

I also know how much difference it made to have that personal relationship with Him.

Do I still get afraid? Angry?  Act in ways I shouldn't.

Yes.

But do I know that His loving care and compassion will see me through?

Again, yes.

It is still difficult when every morning you wake up and somehow, in the night, you forget, and you wake up and feel the loss again, almost as if it's brand new; but it is also the opportunity for God to show me new things.  To encourage me in ways I don't expect.

Whether you are facing a new life challenge, an escalating illness, or a devastating loss, each morning give not only us a new chance at a new day, but it gives God that opportunity to shine in and on our lives.

Never forget that, even though it can be so easy to forget.

Never forget the days are never truly empty,

As long as there is God.

Father God, When the void of emptiness feels so vast that it could simply swallow us up, when the trials of this life seem to drown out any opportunity for good in our lives, help us to remember that there is always, and will always, be You by our side.  Amen and amen.

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