I still get a little teary-eyed on our walks to the grocery store. We walk to the store now because we want to, but there was a time not long ago that we did it because we had to. We were a one car family for two years, and it was a hard season. But during that time, I learned so much. I learned that it’s okay to ask for help. I learned that sometimes doing things the unconventional way makes for some unforgettable memories. I learned that when they’re that little, your kids don’t know that you have less than other people. Especially if you can find a way to make the struggles feel like an adventure. I learned the meaning of “this too shall pass.” And most importantly, I learned that Jesus was (quite literally) walking with me every step of the way.

Today, it started raining just as we got home from our walk to the store and I couldn’t stop the tears of thankfulness from flowing- partly because I was glad it held out til we got back- but mostly because I couldn’t stop thinking how Jesus washes away the hurt of hard seasons over time if we let Him. Just as we can’t miss the beauty in the midst of pain, we have to trust that healing is possible.

We’re in the midst of a very different hard season right now, but our walk this morning reminded me not to wish it away, but to instead ask, “Jesus, what are You teaching me through this? Don’t let me miss it.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

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