Back in August, I wrote a post titled Another Stair Climbed (you can read it by clicking the title). Recently, I climbed yet another big stair for me. This may sound silly to some people, but since my husband left 3 years ago, I have not sent out family Christmas cards. The first 2 years I did nothing. Last year I did manage to send out a few funny cards, but I have not been able to bring myself to send the usual picture cards. This year, I figured out how to use the timer on my camera and spur of the moment, we took a picture of the four of us in front of our Christmas Tree. It actually came out pretty good and I decided this was the year I was going to have family photo cards made up. Like I said, for most people this is no big deal, but to me, it not only represents another stair climbed, but another step in the healing process.
Going through an unwanted and unexpected divorce is not just heart-breaking, it breaks things inside of you that you didn’t know could be broken. Healing is a long process that looks different for every person. I don’t think when I started this journey, I realized just how many stairs there would be to climb or just how slow the climb would be. I am not a patient person by nature, but God has used this journey to not only help me to slow my pace, but to be more patient with myself, my kids and in turn with others. He has also taught me how rely on Him each step of the way.
I don’t know what your healing journey looks like or where you are on your staircase, but I pray that you would take a moment as we come to the end of this year and look how far you have come. Rejoice in where God has you on that staircase and thank him, not just for bringing you this far, but for the promise that one He will never leave you on that staircase alone. The promise that one day your climb will be over as Jesus returns and sets everything right! That is our ultimate hope, that is the destination of the staircase. So no matter what step you are on keep climbing, look to God to be your strength and look ahead to the new year with the joy of knowing we are one stair closer to our destination.