There have been plenty of times when the last thing I felt was something beautiful. The early days of grief took their toll. I failed to eat well, lost drastic weight and looked drawn. Lack of sleep caused dark circles under my eyes and zapped the energy from my normally upbeat disposition. Inability to concentrate and the absence of the desire to socialize inadvertently landed me in a place of isolation that was unhealthy, lonely, and at times frightening. The journey was hard, the days were dark, and beauty was difficult to find.
How could any good thing exist in the midst of such loss? As you travel your own grief journey it can be hard to see clearly. Life can seem so broken that all you see is ugliness and pain. However, stay the course and hold fast to your faith believing that death is not the end. It can be the beginning of something good. Something beautiful will begin to seep into your view if you keep searching.
Picture the tiny, homely caterpillar. It spends its days inching along, living life as only a caterpillar can live. While its existence may seem mundane and ordinary, there is a journey of beauty just ahead! After the hard work of cocooning and waiting, transformation is realized, a butterfly appears, and something beautiful is achieved. Because the tiny caterpillar was willing to keep doing life, it found fulfillment and discovered its purpose as it flies into the sky.
Hard work that went into building that life-changing caterpillar cocoon. The same goes for your grief journey. Walking it well takes work and persistence, even in the midst of adversity, pain, and sorrow. Trust that there is something beautiful in your future and keep walking forward. Believe there is a good purpose for all you are currently enduring and experiencing.
On the days that you have difficulty seeing something beautiful, know that even when you do not know it, others are catching a glimpse of beauty through your determination to journey well and your can-do attitude. Stand strong and have courage!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Until next time –
Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869674
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869667
E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650
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