Sunday, September 19, 2010

The People in My Life

Today, I am very grateful for the people who have come into my life. Some have come to support me, others to encourage me. Some have come to hold up mirrors and ask me to look. Others speak the Truth in ways that are undeniably from God. Some have very lovingly kicked me in the butt.

And then there are the others... the ones that annoy me to no end. Those who have betrayed trusts, stolen hopes and broken dreams. Ironically, they have at least as an important role in my life as those whom I call "friend".

I was talking with one such friend, as she discovered a truth and comforted a broken heart, that these people have purpose in my life.

It is in my "valley experiences" that I grow. I learn about my self, my brokenness and my need for others. I learn the meaning of words such as "loneliness", "grieving", and "anger".

But.... I also learn the meaning of words such as "faith", "hope", and "rebirth". I learn to trust God to guide my next step. I learn how to ask for help - both human and divine - and I learn the strength that comes with surrender.

I cannot live this life alone. I need people around me who love me and support me, encourage me and show me the Truth in the situation. I need a God who is active in the details of my life.

I have never had a need go unmet. And I have never had to weather a storm completely alone. I may not have always recognized His presence at the time, but He has always been there with me. Always.

I am grateful for the people God has sent into my life....

I am also grateful that others allow me to be a part of theirs.

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