The sky is falling…
The sky is falling…
Yes, you heard me right, the sky is falling…
I often hear this across many social media channels. And do you know what?
Groundless — they may seem to appear — it has been falling every time we lose a loved one, every time we lose a job, every time we feel betrayed, and every time we forget the purpose of our existence.
In five years, I lost 3 persons who are dear to me. I lost someone (a friend and a brother). He got shot right at the head while driving with his wife after winning a court hearing; last year, I lost my grandfather; and this year, I lost an uncle (who was one of the kindest persons I know and who I felt was too young to die).
Five years ago, I also lost a business, and it felt like I had to start from the very beginning. I could not see whatever blessings I had because of pain and loss. Yes, it felt like the sky was falling. I felt like my world was ending. It didn’t feel like an idiomatic expression: the sky is falling (https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/sky+is+falling). It felt real.
While it felt like I was groping in the dark, others were enjoying life as they should. For a father of 6 young children, I literally hit bottom.
My marriage almost broke. Everything turned into pieces.
Oh, not everything… there was one I keep holding on to.
And I believe this kept me intact even if I felt broken:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
Yes, that has kept me going. That has given me a new outlook on life. That has given me strength and the will to know that I have a purpose in this life.
In fact, day-to-day, I begin to see the many blessings I have in life. Counting and remembering “insignificant” blessings made me see the tremendous gifts and blessings I’ve had in life.
These small blessings have turned out to be priceless ones.
- I felt down when I lost my loved ones; I’ve had my children.
- I felt broken when my marriage almost ended; I’ve had my siblings.
- I felt crumpled when I lost my business; I’ve had real friends.
Yes, feelings… they can make the sky fall.
How about you? When was the last time you felt like the sky was falling?
How were you able to thrive? How were you able to continue to love and accept love? How were you able to see the light at the end of the tunnel?
Forgive me if I am eager to know. I think we need to share these experiences with those who’ve felt the same way. There might be others who feel like they hit bottom.
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