Yesterday marked ten years since my mother passed away. She had lived with us the last year and half of her life and I had been her care-giver for many years. She was just shy of her 88th birthday when she passed. I helped do her funeral and once it was finished, an eight year mom chapter of my life finished with it.
It is interesting how our lives are divided into chapters isn't it? Unfortunately the good chapters don't last forever, nor do the bad ones. I believe the different chapters are a reflection of where God has called us and what He has called us to do. I believe many times people do not want to let go of the chapters when God did mighty things and we walked on water daily. I also believe that many times people do not have the patience to endure the chapters when life is a struggle and we hold on for dear life. I do not look back with consternation at the dark night of the soul chapter of my life. I know now that it was just another chapter that was necessary for the book to be complete.
Within weeks after my mom's passing, God opened the doors to a short but spiritually profound chapter in my life. For about a year and a half, I was allowed by God to travel all over the United States, meet many great men and women of God who had devoted their lives to helping the helpless and those in great need. I will forever thank God for that brief chapter (2006-2007) for it was indeed one of the greatest chapters in my life.
By October of 2007 I knew that the door had closed and I was no longer supposed to continue doing what I had been doing. One night I stumbled upon a website called Christian Blog . I immediately knew this was where God had called me and the rest is history (over 2,200 blogs etc). The first year I vowed to write a blog every day, and I did. For the next many years I wrote six blogs a week. Writing blogs keeps me spiritually sharp and forces my mind to dwell on God and what He is doing instead of the myriad of problems facing me.
My streak of writing many blogs a week abruptly ended on September first of 2014. That was the day the adversary knocked me unconscious (literally). After spending 52 days in various hospitals I finally made it home and a few days later I struggled to write a blog. The current chapter of my life started on September 1, 2014, for I still face many obstacles with my health. But, something within me is telling me that a new chapter is about to begin in my book. Something is telling me that God is going to allow me to do something (I know not what) where I can be a blessing to His people again.
Whatever you are going through, remember it is but a chapter in the book of your life. God can close the chapter you currently are living and start you on a new one any day. Whatever the future holds, I pray that all of us can rise up to accept it, trust God to believe it and meld ourselves into the will of God.