There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…
~Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4
As I find myself in the midst of a season of grief and loss I am reminded of a series of verses that speak of the various seasons we undergo in our lives. We’ve all experienced times when our hearts are heavy. Times when the pain is almost palpable. What I love about these verses though is they are a reminder and a promise that life won’t always be filled with mourning. There will be a time to come that is filled with laughter and rejoicing. It doesn’t always feel that promising though…so how do we get to the other side? Although I don’t know the best way to heal, I do believe that putting energy into a hobby or goal is some of the best medicine. Healing through photography has been a most wonderful salve for me.
A week ago, I enjoyed a meditative photo hike in a place filled with bittersweet memories. It was one of those perfect warm days…sunny with picturesque clouds filling the sky…breezes carrying with them the scent of wild flowers…dragonflies like angels hovering around me…perfect. While hiking I found these little beauties blissfully dancing about among the summer grasses and I felt such happiness at watching such simplistic beauty. I may not be dancing right now, but I felt as though this was God’s reminder to me that my tears will turn to laughter and my time of mourning will turn to rejoicing – and the promise is palpable 🙂
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she can laugh at the days to come. ~Proverbs 31:25