*Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
I do realise it is Saturday, not Friday, but after a busy day yesterday I felt I still wanted to share a small post on this word, so please excuse the delay!
There’s been a lot of grief and pain in the last couple of years for us. A lot of major life changes, a lot of waiting on God, a lot of trying to cope with things we still feel far too young to cope with. We’ve aged more than we should have, we’ve struggled with sharing and expressing our emotions, we’ve had our hearts broken and our lives turned upside down. Our plans have been changed, trashed, re-purposed. Not that they were really ours to begin with. We have felt bone-tired and spread far too thin. Our mid-twenties have been tough, it’s true.
But this humbling and breaking and re-moulding has given us strength we didn’t know we could have. It has taught us tough but necessary lessons about life, faith and commitment. It has showed us how to love when love feels like effort. It has helped us to learn what marriage is really about, and helped us find a different but much deeper kind of love.
And it really is amazing how when you are walking through the darkest times, the light seems so much brighter. Sometimes it is so blinding it is painful, but as our eyes adjust, we have realised just how much we have to be thankful for, how much we have to celebrate.
In the midst of death and loneliness and unemployment and burdens, we have welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world, and prepare to welcome another gorgeous child oh-so-soon. We have moved to where we longed to move to. We have found friendship and peace. We have settled into new and wonderful roles in work and in life. We have had graduations, new ventures, beautiful joy-filled moments.
We have come to see how much God has called us to be a family of joy, and to share this charism with others. In a time that has seemed to lack this gift, we have been blown away by how much it has been poured out on us.
And so, next week, as we get people together to celebrate our move to a new house and a new start, we celebrate more than that. We celebrate the fact that light shines brightest in darkness. We celebrate those who have walked with us through this time. We celebrate blessings, family, friendships, love, and our wonderful children. We celebrate joy. Joy that is found unexpectedly when it seemed to be furthest away. Joy that wipes away our tears and helps us to our feet, that stretches our hands to The One who is Joy Himself.
We have much to be thankful for. We have much to celebrate.