You know when you have something good to say but you just can’t find the words, and then it comes out really not that good? That’s my struggle right now. I have decided to write this post as if you’re my best friend and we’re just chatting over a cup of tea. I’m throwing my usual blog-writing-rules out of the window for this post, I hope you don’t mind.
Bradley and I have been engaged for 10 days today, and it still hasn’t truly sunk in. Whenever I begin to really think about it, I find myself getting emotional. Is that silly? It’s probably really silly. I think back to 16-year-old Mieke who dreamed about her future husband and wondered what colour eyes he will have and whether he’d mind that she sings Taylor Swift in the shower. I look back at 19-year-old Mieke who had her heart broken, and was convinced she’d be lonely for the rest of her life. I think about God, who was with me through all of that. I remember the day He promised me a husband and told me to be excited for my future – a word I held onto so tightly.
So now that I have the most amazing boy sat beside me who wants my hand in marriage, how can I not get emotional? My heart feels as if it’s doubled in size – not just for Bradley but for God, who delivered His promise. For the God who was close during those tough seasons. He held my hand during my loneliness, whispered words of love throughout my sadness and taught me to be still and trust Him when He needed me to wait.
There’s a season for everything. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a season of drought – a time in your life where you’re left feeling empty and in despair. Remember that God is with you through every season you’ll ever go through. When you’re mourning, God is mourning with you. And if you let Him, He’ll do a work in you through the hardship – He’ll stretch you and mould you into the person that He has destined you to be.
Remember that whatever the devil has tried to use to break you, God can use to create you. When a season of darkness comes, hold onto the fact that the King of light is right beside you ready to pull you through.
Did you know that bad weather causes a tree’s roots to grow stronger? Trees need wind to blow against them as it causes their roots to grow deeper, which then supports the tree as it grows taller. A tree would be far too weak in perfect weather – it would never grow tall or big enough.
There’s always a blessing in the storm.
Usually the most difficult times teach you the greatest lessons, preparing you for bigger and better things to come.
PS. The photo I used for this blog post is taken by my beautiful friend, Patreese. She has her own Etsy shop where you can buy the calligraphy print (and a few others). Click here to have a look. Mine’s already in the post, hehe.