One piece of the puzzle

I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me after my last post. To those who are wondering, I am doing ok; still taking this day by day. Your constant prayers are greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for my husband. I know God is working and He is fighting. All I need to do is be still.  (Exodus 14:14)
I was blessed to have an old friend reach out to me earlier this week. I don’t think people realize the true value of human connections. Sometimes, when you feel like you’re not going to make it, all you need is to hear from a fellow being that you’re not alone. That they’ve walked that road, or that they are walking that road with you. 
This friend of mine shared their struggles and their pain, and I listened and I shared mine. My heart ached for them because I felt their pain, but as the conversation came to an end, they said “I feel encouraged”, and a few happy tears fell down my face. I was reminded once again, how even in the midst of pain and hurt, life is a beautiful thing. There’s mistakes to be made and there’s lessons to be learned, but there’s also hope to be shared. And the hope that my friend needed was to know that they aren’t alone. And you aren’t alone. Whatever it is you are having to walk through in your life right now, whatever is causing your stress and anxiety to build up, whatever is causing you to go to sleep with anger or sadness in your heart… you are not alone. So be sad, but don’t stay sad. Life goes on, and there’s so much more to your life then what you see right now. 
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the difficulties and the bad times, that we forget about the bigger picture. Think about it… right now you could be stuck on one piece of the puzzle; one piece representing this hard time in your life. But what you might not realize is there’s so much more to your life’s puzzle. There’s going to be more bad times, but there’s also going to be more good times. The beauty of it all is that it takes both the bad and the good pieces to complete the unique puzzle of your life. And yeah, it’s really hard right now. This one piece is really wearing you down, but don’t give up! 
Something truly beautiful is going to unfold, and this pain you feel and the stress and the difficulties are going to be worth it. 
Here’s my advice for puzzles: patience is a game changer.