82. The Plans I Have for You

Seated across a devastated, grieving and a person (let's call her Beth), I didn't have words to say. Actions of compassion, concern and a private location with tissues at hand was adequate. In front was Beth who was truly hurting and needed to be listened to. It was akin to a volcano that just erupted. Valuing Beth's grief, honoring her private moment and validating her words were what she needed. She expressed a cascading mountain of emotions, was comforted, listened to and validated by repeating her words back. Beth's anguished words and grief were repeated and placed into words of consolation for her. She cried until there were no tears left. Beth was heard and her pain placed into words.

Beth had just run from a painful marriage with threats, love-affair with another woman and domestic abuse. She expressed such mixture of inner rage, grief and anguish within her. She had suicidal ideation. She no longer wanted to exist. Her adult children kept her alive; just to see and talk to them was crucial for her. Beth expressed her disappointment in what she had dreamed of her marriage relationship. Her husband was a non-believer.

As Beth recovered and slowly found herself she was encouraged and supported to find plans for her future. It took her a while just to trust herself to go forward in life. Beth found much comfort when offered assurance of others who had been there. Jeremiah 29:11-13 states and assured her;"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray for Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." This answer assures the promise of future and hope. It encourages and provides a promise that He will listen when you pray. He will be found when you search for Him with all of your heart. That's what Beth did. Beth needed the Father, His love and His mercy. Beth is now retired, lives across the country from her previous life and is now searching for the plans the Lord has for her. Have you been there?

Beth's life showed that nothing is impossible with the Lord. Beth is still visiting the grief cycle on occasion. With her strong belief and her openness to speak about the pain inside her, she has made a way when there seemed to be no way.

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