Please forgive my absence. It’s been awhile since I posted a blog. I hope you’ve been well and that you’re enjoying your summer. I strive to be transparent and with that in mind, the past month has been challenging. To put it bluntly, I’ve been in the valley! Yes, I’ve been down here on the pity pot, whining, crying, licking my wounds. I know that begs the question, “Why?” Why would I be down and out? I have relatively good health, a loving husband, family, friends, a home, and all the necessities of life. Not to mention, I’m a series regular on Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living. Don’t I have it all? Well…. Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and grateful for. Speaking of Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living, I was slated to work on the show in July, just before the actors went on strike. As a result of the strike, production was shut down, and that’s when I began to spiral down.
I was so excited about working on the show. I was there, ready to go, and then the carpet was ripped from underneath me! Just like that, I was told I couldn’t work. Granted, I understand why SAG called for a strike. I just wish the timing could have been better. I know, if not now, when? I get it, but I’m human and losing the opportunity to work did a number on me. I’ve been in the valley. Each day I get up and I talk to God and I pray, but as soon as I check out my social media pages and I see what could have been, I become discouraged, but today, I had an epiphany.
When I woke up this morning, Psalm 23:4 flooded my brain. David said, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” I know I'm not in the valley of death, but I'm in the valley of disappointment. Yes, God is with me. When that hit home, I was flooded with relief. God did not promise a life free of challenges, but He did promise to be with us always! Even in the valley.
Knowing that God is here with me at this time, makes being in the valley easier, and I know that life doesn’t just come with valleys. It comes with peaks and valleys and soon I will be out of this valley and onto the next peak!!! In the meantime, I’m going to keep counting my blessings and wait on God to bring the producers, actors, and writers together on one accord! Joy will come in the morning. Where are you today? Are you in the valley or on a peak? Tell me which one and how you’re handling the journey. Love to hear from you.