Good day all!
I normally speak about empowerment, growth, self-love etc. Today will be a bit different.
I am a strong believer in God and his goodness in our lives and that's what I want to focus on today. I was riding to work this morning, listening to the Christian radio station I love and the song "Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells came on. This is one of my favorite songs. Some of the lyrics, the ones that especially stood out to me this morning, are as follows....
On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I'm standing on the mountain, I didn't get there on my own
When I'm walking through the valley, I know I am not alone!
You're God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
While this song has always had a special significance to me, from the very first time I heard it, today it really touched me to the point where I was almost in tears. It brought to mind, everything that is happening in Houston, Texas right now. I have seen videos on social media platforms, where despite the circumstances they are experiencing, people are still praising God and thanking Him. There are people who have lost everything except the clothes on their back and they still manage to smile and thank God for his grace and mercies. In the midst of all of the loss, they are still aware that God is with them and will never leave them. They are well aware of the fact that our God is most certainly a God of the hills and valleys and He will never leave us. Even in the midst of our worst storm, he is there. Even when we look up and things seem so bad that all we can see is storms and darkness, He is there. This is so powerful!
In addition, many of the videos I've seen have had people of all races and backgrounds joining together to help one another in their time of need. With the political climate in our country being what it is now and the country appearing to be so divided across racial lines, seeing these videos, while tragic, was also uplifting for me. It confirmed to me that God and love will still always win over hatred, no matter what the picture looks like on the surface.
I try to be optimistic and look at the silver lining in every cloud. While it is challenging to find a silver lining in the cloud of Hurricane Harvey, I do believe that there is one. Yes, Hurricane Harvey is a tragedy and has had some devastating effects on people. Some people have lost everything they spent their entire lives building. Some people have lost loved ones. It will likely take years to rebuild Houston, Texas after such a devastating storm. Despite all of this, I do believe there is a silver lining.
For me, the silver lining is the love that is coming out of all of this. The love that people have for human kind, that is enabling them to cross lines of hate and racism in order to help those in their community. The love of strangers who are leaving their homes in neighboring states to go to Houston to offer assistance. The love of people who cannot be there, who are sending donations. The love of people who are praying for Houston, Texas everyday. The love of those Houston residents, who despite everything, are still praising God and thanking Him. For me, all of these things are the silver lining in the horrible cloud that is Hurricane Harvey.
For me, all of these things are what give me hope for this world and help to strengthen my desire to continue to seek after God and all of His goodness. For me, this represents hope and determination and the fullness of the love of God and the fact that He is always there, to hold our hand and get us through whatever storm we may be facing!
God bless you always!
Sarah J. Cepeda
CEO/Owner Broken Chains, LLC
Certified Holistic Life Coach