This week we are on a family trip at the beach.
Last night, Sarah and I stood on the balcony as we watched lightning flash in pulsating colors across the night-sky canvas.
The majestic light show was magnificent. However, as I stood there gazing on God's beautiful beat of blazing beams, my mind was fixed on a different beat--a heartbeat silenced.
Tears filled my eyes. My daughter noticed.
"Mommy, why are you crying?"
"Sarah, I can't tell you right now, but I promise I'll tell you someday... Mommy made a bad decision."
"You made a bad decision?", she said with surprise.
She went on to confess that she too made a bad decision and had lied to someone. It was a sweet moment. We hugged and talked and prayed.
In her mind, her sin was huge and she felt the weight of it. However, knowing others fail freed her to find forgiveness.
This is why I share. I share my story so others can find freedom and know that they are not alone in their heartache and pain. I share so others will know there is forgiveness and restoration in Jesus.
I plan to share my story with my children someday when the time is right. It is a story of forgiveness and freedom. A story of grace and love. A story of restoration and redemption.
Just like the night-sky dancing with shades of light, the Lord can take darkness and make it beautiful. His Light overcomes darkness and reveals beauty.
The Lord can turn a storm into a stunning work of art. That is my story.