In Their Own Words: A Walk in the DarkSeptember 15th, 2021
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Written by Lisa Strutz, member of TTF's Adoption Aid program
We’ve had some busy weeks over here. Can you relate?
Deadlines and doctors, responsibilities and intertwining schedules…the list runs off the paper some days. Throw in that voice in the back of your head that says sleep enough, don’t eat too much, check on your people, exercise, keep up with the news, do this, don’t do that, don’t over-schedule but, for the love of all things, don’t drop “the ball."
Daniel and I got some unexpected time together tonight. Gosh, I love that guy. We ordered in, wore our comfy clothes and watched a mindless movie. For me, it was the best medicine. But for D, sometimes a change in routine or uninvited lack of structure leaves him restless. As the sun was setting, I asked him if he wanted to jump in the car to see if we could catch the sunset. As we drove along, we talked about how the dark is beginning to creep in for the long winter days. Daniel looked at the sky and said, “no sun tonight, mama, some days are just like that.” The irony of it struck me but, I thought to myself, what a gift the drive was anyways.
When is the last time you paused?
When we got home, we grabbed the dogs on their leashes for a quick walk before bed. As we walked through the dark, I became aware of the comfort it brought Daniel knowing I had spent time with him and the predictable routine of bedtime and home being right around the corner. I have to say, it made me pause.
Friends, through the end of our time on this earth, there will always be demands. There will be deadlines to meet and healthy boundaries to set but, I’m reminded tonight Who is walking me home in the dark. If you too are feeling tired…the kind that settles into your soul, pause. Talk with God and invite him to walk through the long days with you. We won’t always see the sun but, it’s faithfully there waiting to break through.
“Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.'" John 8:12