I stumbled upon this quote this week while I was sick, laying in bed wanting the hours and days to pass…
“Life gets very quiet before all the doors open. I’m learning that what can feel like loneliness is actually grace. Rest. Find your strength. It will all change soon.” – J. Lynn
In Proverbs 3:3 the bible tell us, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.” I believe the seasons that feel like life has been unkind or quiet and lonely is a preparation before all the doors open or we get our answers as to why we needed to go through that season. This verse reminds me to hold on to my loyalty to God no matter what I receive and no matter what my current circumstances are. Living in gratitude (and not entitlement) and allowing the present moment to just be what it is and have faith — that’s where we find joy amidst it all. I believe that gets rewarded over time.
Personally, it’s been a quiet season for me as we’ve had different setbacks I’ve shared (and some I have not). We had a water leak, have been displaced from our home since early December, Neal sprained his ankle (he’s out for 6 weeks) and I got really sick just this last week. Sitting in bed forced to rest even though I’ve wanted to get working on projects, posts for the blog, record videos and launch our podcast — it challenged me. Those moments that are quiet, lonely or you feel like you can’t really catch a break is when you have to hold on to responding with love to yourself, the people around you and life. That’s when faith and belief that there is something better around the corner, when all the doors will swing open come in to play. It’s in those quiet moments I can appreciate the good times in life because I’ve acquainted myself with the quiet, uneventful, sometimes even saddening ones. I hope this quote and verse affirms this in you too.
Peace and Grace,