I have referred to the devotion book I’m reading at the moment titled “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Part of today’s reading (Jul 16) says
“Self-pity is a slimy, bottomless pit. Once you fall in, you tend to go deeper and deeper into the mire. As you slide down those slippery walls, you are well on your way to depression, and the darkness is profound.
Your only hope is to look up and see the Light of My Presence shining down on you… While you focus on Me in trust, you rise ever so slowly “OUT OF THE ABYSS” of despair. Finally, you can reach up and grasp My hand, I will pull you out into the Light again. I will gently cleanse you, washing off the clinging mire. I will cover you with My righteousness and walk with you down the path of life.”
A little over a year ago I began this blog with four posts entitled “OUT OF THE ABYSS”; the fourth was the conclusion dated Jul 11, 2017 so when I read today’s devotion it naturally took me back to those initial posts and how I feel today, one year later. As the old saying goes, “what a difference a year makes.” I believe I can say we are out of the abyss. There are surely times when it doesn’t feel that way; many triggers can send us down a path leading to the darkness we experienced a year ago. I think the big difference is we expect that to happen occasionally, and we deal with it the best way we can and move on. We don’t usually dwell in the darkness day after day and we are able to be happy and enjoy life again. I think we have developed some properties that are similar to non-stick skillets. We fall into the slimy pit every now and then, but He pulls us out, rinses us off, and sends us on our way again.
For the first time our entire family is together in one place and we are enjoying that. We are celebrating Katie and Joshua’s first anniversary, Julianne’s first birthday and our first family vacation. That’s a lot of “firsts”; but I’ll add one more. For the first time in the past year, I believe I can honestly say we are “Out of the Abyss”. For that, I am so thankful and happy to be enjoying our family.