I have seen it and experienced it. Not years ago...barely months ago. A change, a shift... unexplainable and undeniable. A change within...
I see a Father with his child. They talk of life, plans and opportunities. Together they are creating a future. The Father speaks clearly, guiding and instructing his child. With one arm around the child, the Father speaks, painting a picture of what is to come. Speaking words of encouragement, inspiring the child to pursue an abundant life. Giving hope and planting dreams.
You see it in the eyes. Tears build but not always burst. You hear it in the crackle of the voice. As they talk, you can hear that they speak from an emotional place. Hearts are worn on sleeves. This place in yourself is where the pressures, struggles and hassles of life accumulate. Overwhelm. I know the feeling and remember it well.
I am a how person. The possibilities run endlessly through my mind as I formulate a plan. I see a pathway that leads to a destination and envisage the journey ahead in detail. However, when that destination is not clear, the path unsure, it is then that uncertainty gathers, clarity is blurred and the chance of standing still increases.
Challenges wear us down. We question our place, our purpose. We readily put our hand's in the air in despair and say enough. We say it's too much, too hard and I cannot do this. Overwhelm. Our faith shakes and vision blurs. Clarity replaced by confusion. Calm replaced with chaos.
I woke up this morning with the words 'Sunshine and Rain' on my mind. I knew then that I needed to take a walk with God and ask him about this. So off I headed into the sunshine of the morning asking him to tell me more.
Over the next 20 minutes or so, he shared this with me...