Webster defines aftermath as “something that results or follows from an event especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature consequence”. It appears that you may have lost everything; you do not know where to begin putting the pieces of your livelihood back together. What is life suppose to look like after you “let go”? What do you do next? After you have identified that there is a problem, an offense has occurred, and the results are in and it is not looking good…someone has gotten hurt and that someone is…YOU…that someone was also me. Heartache can leave you feeling emotionally paralyzed and motionless to the point you are only functioning by memory of what you do every day. Things look terrible. Allow me to share with you that there is life after the storm!
The clean-up of the shattered pieces leaves you with two choices: you can try to put things back together and the memory of everything is in distorted pieces or you can take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and trust God to restore you back to a place that will make you forget that you ever lost anything! “And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25 AMP). Whatever YOUR locusts have been in your life, believe God’s promise that He will “restore or replace” and God is not slack concerning His promises! Sometimes the storms of life that we face are warranted from the decisions we make and I can attest to that in my own life—that kind of restoration comes after true, Godly repentance. Do a “self-check” of your own life and ask God to show you any areas of un-repented sin and go to Him in prayer and seek forgiveness. If your storm has come by way of hurt, shame, brokenhearted, please forgive quickly, even when it hurts, and allow God to prepare your heart for restoration in the aftermath…BE FREE!
(I promise…it’s a BEAUTIFUL thing!)