You cannot plant an acorn in the morning and expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I think one of the most difficult challenges I face daily is slowing down. A secondary test in my continual self examination is the truth that grieving great loss takes great time. Regardless of how I feel pressured, I need to grant myself permission to walk through the valley of darkness at the pace God sets for me.
Psalm 23 speaks of the process, "Yea, though I WALK THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death…" It references the pace as well as the route. To walk through; to move or take stride at a comfortable rate of speed in an upward slope of improvement.
I am not running. It can’t be done that way. I realize I cannot remain where I once was as the passage to healing is meant to lead me upward rather than deeper down. At the same time I cannot arrive at my new destination with any hurry otherwise I wouldn’t end up in the right place. In terms of grieving and healing I believe the method and means matter the most.