As I stood on the boardwalk looking out at the ocean, a million thoughts kept running through my mind. What is happening in the world? Will the kids be safe? When will things get back to normal? This was during the onset of the pandemic, states had begun to shut down, and school was virtual. I was at my wits end. There were too many external things occurring in the world that I, nor anyone else had control over. I’m not a fan of surprises and uncertainty is something I am learning to embrace. Needless to say, it was during my morning walk along one of Jersey’s waterfront park trails, that I nearly broke down in tears and prayed that God would give me the strength to embrace the “new” normal. It was during this time, I had to remind myself to count my blessings, especially when many others had lost their life. In the midst of the tears and a mountain weariness, a small faint voice whispered, “Do you trust me?” My mind answered “yes”, but my heart answered “not with all of this”. I knew carrying the weight of all that was troubling my spirit and mind, on top of the uncertainty was a heavy load that I no longer wanted to carry. When I was a little girl, my Mother had a beautiful transcription of the serenity prayer hanging up in the dining room – God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. In the midst of the madness, God will ever so gently call on us to cast our burdens and cares to him, so that God can work through the murky mess of it all. If you are ever in a place where you feel out of control, or weighed down by the cares of the world, surrender, let go, and allow the mighty hand of God that lives in you to lighten the load, and light your path, spirit, and mind with his love.
There is no storm God won’t carry you through. No bridge that God won’t help you cross. No battle God won’t help you win. No heartache that God won’t help you let go of. He is So much bigger than anything you will face today. Leave everything in His hands and embrace this day confidently knowing that He will take care of you.”