For me, bittersweet is a hard word. I find myself asking why can’t it just be sweet? But if I stop and think, I realize I do like things with a bitter taste if they are followed with something sweet. So, I have come to think of bittersweet as a gift from my Heavenly Father! It is when I have tasted the most bitter circumstances that I have had the sweetest times with my Lord.
In 2008 when my husband suffered a massive brain injury, our youngest child of our five was just 12 years old. Our lives were turned upside down. Nothing was the way it had always been. As a wife and mother, there were so many different emotions to navigate for myself and to help my children navigate.
For about the first year and a half, we were swimming in the deep ocean never knowing how we would survive each day. It was very bitter, hard to digest. But we did each new thing God gave us to do in His strength. He was our life raft.
About the time we hit that year and a half mark my youngest asked me a question. He asked, “Mom, if you could go back and none of this had happened, would you?”
What a question!
I really wanted to give him an honest answer! I told him that I missed his daddy! That life was something I never imagined it would be. But! We had seen the Lord’s love for us in so many personal ways since the accident! We had seen the Lord provide, protect, and heal! That was so sweet!!
I was able to truthfully tell my son, “No, I wouldn’t go back”. He just nodded his head and said, “Me either”.
After the bitter events of life, seeing my son learn such a difficult but Truthful lesson was so sweet!
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 niv
Kelly Harvie has been married to her husband Matt for 28 years. They have five grown children with only one left in college. Kelly spends her time caregiving for her husband, connecting with her children, working at Artios and as much time reading as she can find!