Tears to Diamonds

Posted on: September 03, 2013 Written by
Tears to Diamonds
Photography by: Svetlana Khvorostova from iStock          

Father,
I just want You to know,
I am sick of transition stress.
How long is it going to last?
When will it pass?
Just when I think I’m doing OK
Another avalanche bowls me over
And I feel so off balance
I don’t like it at all.
Makes me want to hide
Or worse, to escape.
Hold on to me tight, Lord!
I feel desperate and scared
Feeling alone
And disconnected
Hungry for control
For peace
And calm.
Are You there?
Do You care?
Why do I feel
The pain so intensely?
Am having trouble concentrating
On anything else.
“Oh Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood
As to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying
That we are born
To eternal life.
(prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)
Help me to snuggle in Your arms
Help me to be patient in the process
Please take my tears
And turn them into diamonds.

@2013 Thrive.

 

Question to consider:  How have you seen the Father turn your tears into diamonds?



About the author

R.L, a registered nurse, mother, grandmother, serves as a medical liaison for an organization that sends teachers to SE Asia. One of her favorite roles is being on the team of nurses that coaches and encourages couples who come to Thailand through the births of their babies.

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  • Such precious words! Lately I’ve been thinking about “culture shock” or “culture stress” and the times I experienced that difficulty. I’ve been wondering: is it a natural human thing, or is it something that makes God unhappy? I don’t know the answer but it seems like it is a normal human response, not a sinful thing, at least initially. Perhaps it is a natural response to our need to protect ourselves. I don’t know. I do know, too, that God gets us through those times and helps us adjust, and for that I praise Him and thank Him. Bless you, R.L., and thank you for your heartfelt words and prayers and hope.

    • RL

      Thanks for your kind response to my heart cry. May God give you peace and comfort you in your walk.