I don’t want to be a Debbie downer today so hang with me, inspiration and hope are just a few paragraphs away.
I’m sure by now you have heard the news about the tragic fire that engulfed one of our worlds most beautiful, spiritual, historic landmarks, the Notre Dame Cathedral. I was deeply saddened to hear about this and found it encouraging to hear about the plans to begin the rebuilding process.
Can you tell I’ve been in a reflective mood lately? I think about you my friend. Wondering if you have gone through or are currently going through a“fire” or “rebuilding” process in your life.
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Sometimes we go through small fires that are fairly easy to extinguish. Some of those seemingly small fires appear to be out but often times are smoldering just beneath the surface, causing a raging fire to erupt at a later time. Sometimes we endure fires that have little to no containment, like a massive forest fire.
I remember a time not too long ago when my life was on fire. A few years ago my father suddenly died. A few months later my mother-in-law and father-in-law died. Loosing three people in one year’s time span is devastating.
Most likely you have experienced a similar loss in your own life. It’s comforting to know we can share our story with others who have walked through this kind of fire and they “get it.”
It’s been close to three years now since that fire in my life. They, whoever “they” are say, “time heals all wounds.” I don’t know if I totally buy into that. I think it’s more about how we treat that wound (burn) and when we are ready, how we choose to rebuild. I’m also not sure the rebuilding process is ever fully finished. Life just becomes…different. It’s just not the same as it was before.
Rebuilding after the fire in our life is difficult. Likening to Notre-Dame, to start the rebuilding process they are raising massive amounts of funds. They will need to hire architects and builders that are specifically skilled in building this unique and special kind of structure. And can you imagine how much time it is going to take to rebuild it?
I found the timing of this devastation interesting being that a big portion of the world is observing Holy week this week. Holy week walks us through the fire and rebuilding that Jesus went through. So often we choose to overlook the fire that led to His death. It is much more uplifting (and makes us feel better) to focus on the miracle of his resurrection (the rebuilding) that is celebrated on Easter Sunday. I believe it takes walking through the darkness to fully appreciate the beauty of the light.
I think we can apply this metaphor to our lives as we go through the fire and the rebuilding process. Rebuilding takes finding a community of people to share our burden. It takes finding special people who can help us navigate and move forward. It takes time, endurance, forgiveness, faith, love and trust to rebuild.
It takes faith that there is a God who is our ultimate Source of hope and peace and will bring beauty from our ashes.
If you are in a fire right now my friend, know that you are not alone. Know that you are fully supported here and that you are loved!