Darkness blinds us, but light in concentrated amounts shone in the middle of darkness can also blind us.
Illumination is deceptive, when it shows only a portion of the truth, not the whole story.
If you are trapped in a tunnel, following that light can be just as scary as walking deeper into the shadows. It can be even more painful.
So what do we do, when we are faced with such choices?
Stop, and look around, what does the light show you? What does it hide?
Literally and figuratively the time we take to gather information is so important. Then comes a moment of trust that a light has been placed where it is for a reason.
Sometimes it’s impossible to tell if that light is a light pointing the way to freedom, or warning us. I can’t promise you will make the right choice if you take stock before moving forward. I have been blinded in this way more than once in my life, but one thing I know… Moving forward is always better than sitting in my darkness to rot.
Have you ever had to face a blinding light or painful truth? Tell me about it.
Rains of blessings or rains of sorrow, both have the potential to overwhelm when everyday eminence has been ignored. When was the last time you checked all those necessary drains? Yes the ones that might be built into the street outside your house, go remove those forgotten leaves. But also, the outlets you have built into your life, the things you do or the people you know that let you drain the overflow of emotions when you need to.
You do have them, don’t you?
If you don’t have them, it’s time to pray about digging that drain, praying for a friend, or finding that activity that will help you decompress. I know it’s not easy. I personally find the ‘people’ part of it hard. But they are important.
When God blesses you with them, it’s time to maintain them. Don’t forget them.
Maybe you ARE that for other people. You need matinence as well. Don’t be content to sit there and let your grate rust. You are important, your friendship is invaluable. It’s okay to raise your voice every once in a while and remind us others that you need help removing that debris built up around you.
I’m also still working on the ability to remind the people that walk above me that I need that help. Don’t be ashamed if it doesn’t come naturally. Got any tips on how to take care of those forgotten outlets? Tell us in the comments.
What does the word intimacy stir within you? For each of us it’s probably quite different, and yet the same, with flashes of moments spent with lovers or dreams of the ones we wish had wandered into our lives to stay but didn’t. But is that what intimacy really is?
I have learned it is only a small scratch on this word’s surface.
Intimacy needs have nothing to do with physical love or desire at all. True intimacy between life partners goes much deeper than alone sex could ever take you, and often the intimacy of friendship is much healthier.
It’s something every human soul longs for at our core.
Reaching for it makes us vulnerable.
Vulnerability is terrifying, but without it, true intimacy can never be achieved.
Have you experienced true intimacy? Are you still looking for it?
I would love to hear anything about your experiences and thoughts about it in the comments below. It’s a topic I think a lot about.
Safety is something we all look for and when we find it we hold on with abandon. But is safety always, safe? Too quickly it can become complacency and compliance becomes stagnant, eating away at us as below, rotting our foundations.
What protects can become a cage if we are not careful.
What preserves that balance?
The knowledge that sometimes it’s better to let go than to hold on. Vigilance, and an open ear, waiting for the words.
“It’s time to move.”
I don’t always hear them on time, often I even ignore them.