Today is 12/12/12. For a number of reasons, people will find themselves stopping for a moment to process this fact. It is a one time occurrence and has significance in many areas. For me this day represents the fact that I have survived two years of the grieving process of losing the first man I ever loved, my Daddy. Yesterday was the two year anniversary of the transitioning of the late Apostle James F. Greene. Today, as unbelievable as it is to many, including myself, I am smiling and rejoicing his transition. I know this may sound weird but over these past few weeks, days, hours and moments, I have grab firmly to the concept that his life and legacy was incomparable. His very presence changed the atmosphere in a room and when he spoke, oh my God, the wisdom he possessed was truly amazing.
Today I celebrate and hold close to my heart the privilege of being his daughter. Many have reminded me of how blessed I was to have this man in my life all of these years and to have his bloodline and spiritual mantle in and around me. As I reflect on this past year, I see with fresh eyes the depth of the valley experience tied to his leaving. I recognize and acknowledge the pain, hurt and devastation of the loss. I do not and never will minimize the depth of that loss and the void it leaves in my life. Yet, from THIS place on my Journey, I can acknowledge the pain without surrendering my power over to it.
Valley experiences are a part of our Journey. There have been and there will be stages where we feel down, uncertain and maybe even a little lost. However, what I have learned is that these Valley experiences are not to be avoided and unwanted because they too have valuable lessons to teach us.
In the Valley, I have learned that I possess strength that I had not tapped into before. In the Valley I learned that I am abundantly loved and uniquely special. I learned that even when I can’t “see” it, my help is right there with me. I have learned that I am NOT alone nor am I forsaken. I have learned that my story is a gift and I MUST share it with confidence. I have learned that others will be lifted out of THEIR valleys as they watch how I come out of mine. I have learned that being real and honest is not a sign of weakness, but rather an expression of strength. I have learned that while my Dad was my greatest “resource” he was always pointing me to my “source”, my HEAVENLY Father. I have learned that there is only ONE ME and NO ONE else can be me but me!
In my opinion, the greatest lesson of the valley is to gain an appreciation for the mountaintop. After you have gone through the dryness of the valley, you genuinely appreciate the water on the mountaintop. When you have endured the barrenness of the valley, you marvel at the fruit you produce once you reach the mountaintop. When you walk alone through the valley season, you truly appreciate the love and fellowship that you find at the mountaintop.
I admonish you, my friend, to appreciate your valley. Don’t be so anxious to hurry out of it, because you may miss an important lesson. As we are moving forward to our NEXT, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we have learned. Let’s look at how we have grown and developed. Let’s make sure that we have learned what the Father has designed the valley to teach us and then…………………………………………………Let’s Go to the Mountaintop!
Peace and Blessings to you and yours! I am Loving you to LIFE!