The other day as I was blowing out a candle, I noticed that one of the wicks just wouldn’t go out – I must have blown on it three or four times and it just kept burning. I couldn’t help but think how this could apply to life or maybe it was God’s way of showing me himself.
As I thought about this, I remembered a conversation I had with my dad from a previous day and how I had I told him this year has shown me that I am not as strong as I always thought I was. I never thought I’d ever get to a place so low where I truly wanted to give up. I thought I was stronger than that – I thought my candle always burned. I’ll never forget what my dad said back, “But you haven’t given up. You’re still going. Perhaps you’re stronger than you ever knew.” And then I realized that what I was seeing as a weakness was in fact something I could look back upon as a strength – God’s strength. He kept my candle burning even when it felt like every wick I had inside had blown out.
As I reflect on how this can apply to life, I am reminded that life challenges often present us with the biggest lessons and opportunities for renewed strength and growth. When difficulties come and our wicks go out so to speak and we feel like we don’t have another flame left inside, we have to remember who made the candle, who holds the match, and who fans the flame – even when we cannot see it for ourselves.
Yesterday as I waiting for a Lyft ride, I sent my trip status to my dad so he could track me. My dad texted back, “I am with you.” Though I knew what my dad meant (he was watching it virtually), I immediately felt in my heart that God was reminding me that He was with me and always has been. This year has been a difficult one, but as they say difficult roads often take us to beautiful places and I am thankful that this year has taken me to deeper places in my faith – a level I may not have reached without the challenges. ♥