I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. How many times have we said those words? A song most of us grew up with hearing and singing, which you probably just did or will do now. You can thank me later. Actually, it is a happy, uplifting song. Sense of hope.
Yesterday morning as I walked with another walking buddy of mine on a longer route than normal due to it being the weekend and more time, we walked and talked and talked. This man is a mid-seventy year old, uses a cane to stabilize himself but can out walk me. He is always full of stories and interesting tidbits about travels, etc. You know the type, one of those that can tell a story and then another. Time has to be in your favor to enjoy though and that day was one of them for me.
We have walked together over the past few months at times and getting to know one another. His wife joins us at times, which is nice but today she was exhausted from traveling so it was just us. The weather was perfect with a cloudy overcast and soft breeze. Perfect.
We know a lot of the same people and sometimes shocked how much in common we have with the age difference. I love it when the Lord allows certain people to cross our paths. While it may be for just a season, there is purpose and a friendship built.
In our miles of walking and talking, life seemed to pop up in discussion. Each of us have a story. He had made a comment about how counselors make us see things more clearly, which struck a cord in me. So true. With that, we discussed many topics and life issues leading to counseling. Sometimes in life, we get lost while tending to the cares of everyone around us, our own feelings and thoughts evaporate and soon zap us leading us to ask that one question… Who am I?
Even this week, being with a dear friend, she said it, too, as her plate has been filled for months, if not years caring for others and putting herself on the back burner. It happens. Hopefully, some normalcy will come, I pray, as she settles back into her home and daily life.
Maybe you yourself feel lost. Those moments thinking or even being asked what do you like to do or even that one question. Who are you? In a sullen look and voice, you may think or even say, or maybe ignoring the question and perhaps reply, I do not know who I am. I do not know what I like, want, where to go, to do, and so on. You just exist from one day to the next and soon days, months and years pass.
I have been there. Exist. Barely breathing. Lost. Afraid. Stuck. Wearing a mask with a smile. Frozen in time. Sad. No voice.
Reading the lyrics later of this song when I got home, because now the song is stuck in my head, I found myself smiling and happy inside. In my life, I felt the rain; I saw the dark clouds for years; I felt the pain, as my heart was broken and unloved. Too many obstacles were in my way, feeling overwhelmed. The bad feelings of hate, anger and unforgiveness were clinging to me, while I was right to have, but I needed to release and let go.
There is more to life. If you just make minor changes and build to regain your equilibrium back, it is a start. Do not let the lie of it is of no use to pull you back in despair. Keep moving forward. Give yourself grace. Rest.
The most important, is God. Allow Him to be in this with you. He is, but He is a gentleman. He wants YOU to call upon Him. He will direct your paths. He will give you joy. He does and will love you, as you are His child. Trust Him.
Today, I can truly say and feel that the heavy rain is gone, dark clouds have disappeared, I see the rainbow and the blue skies are opening up to me like never before. Obstacles are being removed. While I still have many areas to tend to and always will because life will never be without storms, but I could sing, I can see clearly now. There is hope for me (for you).