The Compass

CompassSometimes we lose our way. Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of the road. Our heart begins to beat fast, we panic… We think, “so which way do I go now? In grieving it’s sorta the same way. You are walking thru this journey lost and some days NOT knowing which way to go. You panic. You think if you move ON you are leaving your loved one behind. The last thing you want to do is move so far from the pain that you feel like your dismissing them from your life.

Last night in my grief share class I heard a story about moving forward. How to move when you feel so stuck. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one you know how HARD this step can be. It’s especially hard when so many around you are telling you they think it’s time for you to move on. ( I often wonder what they really mean by that)

In our lesson this guy had lost his wife, He was crippled by the idea of moving forward and he was struggling with what to do. BUT then he explained…He said if you just MOVE ON then it’s as if your leaving your loved one behind but if you move FORWARD then your taking them with you. AS simple as that sounds, it was PROFOUND. Everything changes. Your compass begins to come into focus. For those who have lost a loved one this point in grief seems to be one of the hardest. Knowing that your heart is still broken but your trying to find a way to trust GOD for the HOPE of a new normal… Trusting HIM for a glimpse at the future. Moving Forward.

There is great Grief because of Great Love. There is comfort in knowing that truth. There is no time frame to be OVER losing someone who changed you, who made you be a better person, who was always in your corner. There is no right or wrong way to recover. It’s when you look down at your compass and begin to take a few little steps and you know that you are simply moving forward. The arms on the dial are spinning.

How many times in your life have you come to the end of the road and wondered what to do? Did you gain strength from the things your life has taught you? Did you locate a compass that said, “go this way”. What did you use to get back on track? To make the right turn? Did your heart beat fast in the moving forward.? God is the only COMPASS that we have. He says,” I am the light and the way”. He promises to be your guide. In his word it says, Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; Your rod and Your staff, ( and your compass- I added) they comfort me…….

I hope that IF you are at the end of a ROAD today ( from what ever life has brought your way) that you will find the COMPASS that heals, restores and gives great HOPE for your journey.