I stumbled across this quote my friend from high school shared:
Occasionally weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have.-John Piper
If I’m honest with you, I’ve done a lot of weeping lately. Weeping and wishing my life would be different. I’ve been grieving a lot of losses. Loss of dreams and hopes and wishes I had as a little girl for my life.
Mr. John Piper couldn’t have said it better. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to cry. But once you do, wash your face and trust God. Embrace the one and only messy, imperfect life entrusted to you.
My dear friend’s book comes out next month (but you can pre-order now). It’s called Hope Heals and chronicles Katherine Wolf and her husband Jay’s incredibly inspiring story about her survival of a massive brain stem stroke that almost took her life. In the book trailer, Jay, Katherine’s husband says this:
I imagine most of us have fairly straight forward pictures in our heads about what our lives will look like and who who we’ll become. When something happens that is not inside the four corners of that picture we view it as a detour and hope to get back on track as quickly as possible. So what happens when you take a detour and can’t ever get back to the original picture?
I believe at one point or another we will all have detours in this life. My first detour happened at age 18 when I found myself signing papers that I was a danger to myself. Two years later I was detoured again when my depression returned, forcing me to change colleges and let of go dreams I had. And my most recent detour happened three and half years ago and I haven’t found my way back yet. Detoured. Again. I haven’t been able to get back to the four corners of that picture. And I’m realizing that I probably never will.
But my dear friends Katherine and Jay give me hope about my own detours. Yes, life might never been the same but life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. So friends, embrace that detour as the path to the life you’ve been designed to have. God won’t waste it if you surrender it to him. So “wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have” not the life that could have been.
What’s your detour? I’d love to hear and know how I can be praying for you.
Love and Hugs,