Back in the early 90’s I had a friend named Alberta. She is no longer on earth but while she was her impact on my life was as tremendous as her heart. Life always has had its challenges. God always sends me an earth angel to get through them. At that time, it was Alberta. She was kind of a stout woman, had been through a lot herself, and to me one of the most loving people I had ever met.
When life got crazy, and it often did, she would always repeat the very same thing. She would say, “Now sister, almost 2000 years ago when Jesus hung on the cross, He knew this moment in time would be going on for you. You are no surprise to God!” Hahaaa! I always thought I shocked everyone, with my out of the box thinking and always pondering my next mindful and spiritual experience. Somewhere in there lies the duality of life. We are spirit and we are human. I just wish the human part would not be as hard as it often is.
Alberta made it easier back then. She was like a broken record but it always stuck in my mind. God knows. He always knows. God knew back then every part of the life I live now and every step I took to get here. I often wonder if He shakes His head. Maybe. I guess since I truly believe we are all a part of God we might all shake our heads! Oh the stories I could tell!
Back to my point. God knew back then and knows now. Just to be a little scriptural, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Pretty good for an old Pastorly gal who usually can hardly remember where she put her car key! (And God help me if I lock it in the car!). Thankfully, we live in an age now where the car seems to “know” too and tells me when the key is in there. It’s an aggravating sound but it does the trick.
At the risk of this post getting too long, all of this story has occured to let you know that God knows right where you are and knows every step it took to get there. If you find yourself in a dark place, maybe retrace your steps. There is a road you took to get there. Thankfully, there is always also a road out as well. Find that road and take it as soon as you can! Life is too short and goes too fast to linger in the dark spots. We never know what tomorrow brings because tomorrow has never been promised to us here on earth. Our spiritual tomorrow is still there. As for me, I don’t think I’m done writing my blog messages yet. 🙂
Loving you from here,
Dr Rev Jenine Marie Howry