Trust us when we say we've experienced many of these too. We got married and in 6 mths we were forced to move out of our home due to no fault of our own and from there many things spiraled out of control as we tried to find a place to live and moved repeatedly for the next 3 years. So many plans got put on hold. During this time, we also lost some of the closest people to us which caused such grief it felt like it could kill. We had differing ways of coping which caused much heartache in our already aching marriage. When we finally moved to a place we'd call home for over 4 years, things seemed to be looking up. I began running a very successful business enabling Andy to work less and work beside me. This was so good for us. We were connecting in ways we hadn't in a long time. We were dreaming again. :)
...Then I got sick. I could no longer drive, remember conversations we had just had seconds ago, was bedridden, and fighting for answers with the little energy I had in order to live. Once we got answers and I had a couple surgeries, we then realized I would now have daily, often hourly, complications from it 😢
I had lost my identity as an independent, can tackle-it-all, intelligent woman that so many others relied on. Would I ever work again? Would I ever look youthful again? What about all the dreams God had put in my heart!? During this time of realization and grief, I was hit with another blow that was so personal, sacred and private that I couldn’t share it with anyone out of respect for the other involved so I've suffered alone. Sometimes life just has a way of stopping us in our tracks doesn't it!? And it feels like the enemy just may win every battle in our life after all...
Fast forward to the last month or so, after years of repairing, mending and healing much in our individual lives, marital & other relationships, etc. we've dreamed dreams we've never even had before and we've also sought answers in ways we haven't before. Together, as we pursue God and God alone, His answers will be the peace in our hearts. Our hope for the future!
You can hope today too!! You can believe God for good things to come out of your heartache, your mess, your complete-and-total brokenness because He makes all things new "and we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)