I'm sure you have heard it said that there are some who just
can't see the forest for the trees
. This idiom describes those who focus on the minutia of the present rather than the vista of possibilities. It implies that something can be gained by allowing our gaze to go beyond the present realities
to see what might be ahead
As one certificated in death and grief studies, I companion people who often can
see the trees
- the overwhelming sorrow, the enormous hole, and the indescribable loss. They are doing well to see the trees - to wake up each morning, feel the weight of grief, and make it through another day without the presence of their loved one.
To them I say -
"Let's just sit here among the trees. The forest will be there when we are ready to see it."
This week I am
dear friends who have many trees growing on the horizon and the forest is becoming obscured as they deal with life and death issues.
: to make a conscious decision to carry in thought and prayer the burdens of another)
I have to say - these trees are OMINOUS, as trees go.
~ Not like the giant sequoias that display strength and stability; these trees are brittle and spindly, as if their branches would snap under the slightest weight.
~ Not like the mighty oak that beckons travelers to sit under the shade of her sweeping branches; these trees offer no relief, as their twisted branches reach out and snag passersby.
~ Not like the lush trees that flourish along the banks of a river; these trees are thirsty and dry, and suck the very life out of all who travel among them.
Even in this age of technology, there is no Garmin - no simple, lightweight handheld device to navigate through this rugged terrain. There are no guarantees that the medical procedures available on the horizon will change the reality that their precious “Little Man” may not survive.
As I sit with them in the landscape of their lives - the reality that their child’s life hangs in the balance - it is impossible to tell if the moans I hear come from the winds of change blowing through the menacing branches or the hearts of those who find themselves in this place.
But it is here we sit, in the dark night of the soul, waiting until God lifts our gaze to see the forest beyond this place among the trees.
Please join me in being with this dear family engulfed by the foreboding trees of reality that they may . . .
. . . Feel God’s presence in this darkness
. . . Hear His voice among so many
. . . Recognize His leading as He clears a path for them
. . . Know His peace as they wait with hope in His eternal will
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