Following The Light

by Sherry Riter in Depression,Motivation,Other  

Motivational Lift
deteriorating building

From a distance, the light that is found on the other side of this shabby building holds the promise of something better on the other side. The light is bright enough that the disrepair of the building is easily ignored if you keep watching the light.

Keep that thought in the back of your mind for a minute.

Every day is supposed to be a new “opportunity” and “adventure” if we have the “right” attitude. What happens if the unexpected happens and we don’t feel that life is “fun” any more? What if the events are so painful that we are ill equipped to handle them? What if our life loses all meaning because we are overwhelmed with the catastrophe we call “our” life?

There are many places to turn for comfort.


Friends found in Blog followers, and My Community Forum members.


Church leaders and members.


Medical personnel.


All are wonderful resources to walk with through life.

I’m softly treading through one of those “experiences” in my life. Everyone is there for me with wonderful advice and comforting human compassion.

It all helps me get through the day.

I can’t say that I’m quite myself right now, but I’m trying.

The list, however, is one short.

The one name I cried out for at the worst moment of my life.

The one name that I call upon all day and throughout the night.

Who is it, you ask?

God, my Heavenly Father.

The One who was at the beginning of my existence.

He is the Light that I focus on as I continue to walk through the broken down building we call life. Everyone keeps reminding me to focus on the Light because there is happiness on the other side of the pain.

I’m listening.

I’m trying to trust.

I’m leaning on my list of people.

I’m trying so hard to believe in happier days without the tormenting thoughts that plague my mind and I return to my multi-tasking, nerdy self.

Okay. That was stretching it a bit. I’ll concede that I’m always nerdy.

deteriorating building

Have you crossed through a deteriorating building and made it to the other side already? If you blogged about it, post the link. If not, feel free to share your story with us now. It will strengthen all of us and I need to hear your happy endings..


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1 Grammy Suzzy June 2, 2010 at 2:05 am

I know I have endured times where I had to just keep looking toward the light. I also know that, often, we have to take those first steps in the dark, and have faith in those that we cannot see…those who are praying for us, angels guarding over us, and He who is always there, sometimes to walk beside, and many times, to carry us. Have faith…you are in my prayers!


2 Tim @ Families Again June 2, 2010 at 4:04 am

You're going to make it Red! Just the fact that you can see the light is a good sign. Both my wife and I have suffered from depression. Five years ago we had a stillborn son that really threw my wife into a deep depression. Then, a couple of years ago, I was accused of something immoral. As a missionary that can be devastating. Thanks be to God my wife knew that it wasn't true and believed in me, and the mission I am with believed in me. Unfortunately I still must battle some of the rumors that still fly around somewhat. The whole thing threw me into a depression as well. God has used both of our circumstances for His glory and He will use yours as well. I'll be praying for you.

Tim @ Families Again


3 Oh Sew Good June 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

I'm discovering there are two kinds of hurt. The hurt I experience personally and the hurt I feel when my child hurts. The latter is the most intense for me. Everything in me wants to fix it and fix it now. I'm frustrated when I can't take the hurt away from her and I've never felt so helpless then in those moments. I also discover the best thing I can possibly do during those times is to pray, pray and pray.


4 Making Sense of It All - Day by Day June 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Hang on to faith, even if it is blind. We do come out the other side, hopefully with strengths and awarenesses that make us wiser and stronger. Those experiences help weather the next storm – at least they did for me. It's so hard though in the midst of it to see the gifts of the light but thank goodness you ARE seeing the light and the gifts will present. You have gratitude and that's probably as important as faith so it seems like you're on this painful path, but are surrounded with so much love and support.


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