I look at this photo from 11 years ago and it makes me cry – a mix of sad and joyful tears. That night was the first time I witnessed her have an anxiety attack. I remember holding her tight in the ladies room and whispering words of comfort and encouragement to her. I held this girl so close as my heart broke for her.
She pushed through it and we had a wonderful evening. Who knew that would be the beginning of a one of the most difficult journeys we would face.
Now, after all these years, the many hospital visits, stays, doctors and various medications, that girl is is a beautiful example of strength, perseverance and hope.
So, yes, I cried this morning when I saw that photo but my heart rejoices with full gratitude to God who was there in those first anxious moments, holding her along with me and has never let her go.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:1