Root systems help weather storms
During my teen years I had an interest in becoming a forest ranger. I even applied for a summer intern position, but it did not go through. That is OK, I am convinced that I am living God's will for my life now.
One thing that caught my attention during those days were the growth rings of a tree. The rings of a tree, when seen in cross section, can tell the age of the tree and the weather during each growing season.
When we endure a loss in life it impacts our growth also. Some days, and some years, are harder than others. The stress of grief can test patience and create physical problems. It can severely hinder our personal growth and peace for years.
There can be times of drought in the support around us, we may struggle with the many needs in life. There can also be times of peace when the journey seems to soften and personal growth is more evident.
Give yourself permission to grieve. You hurt deeply because you loved deeply. Do you recall seeing trees that are twisted and weathered? They have withstood wind and storms because of a strong root system. We can also weather our storms if our roots are in a strong faith system.
It also helps to have a secondary root system for support. This may be found in friends who help us hold strong during the storms in our journey.
Do not take supportive friends and family for granted. They are needed...they can help you grow during these days. Let them know you appreciate them.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"