Something rattled my cage last week. It messed with me. My brains have been…let’s see, what does the Waffle House menu call it, scrambled and scattered? Yes, that’s it! I’ve been emotionally scrambled and scattered. So much so I didn’t feel like writing. I’m not at liberty to divulge details because it concerns people who I don’t have permission to drag into my cyberspace world. But it’s suffice to say it’s on going and painful.
A friend half jokingly said to me recently concerning her own problem,
“Life would be great if we didn’t have to deal with people!”
I chuckled at her statement because I thought it ridiculous but then when I thought about it I thought, she’s kind of right. Our dealings with friends, family, acquaintances and strangers can certainly be the catalyst for the best and worst life has to offer. The highest highs and the lowest of lows.
I mean, what’s better than having a transparent conversation with a friend and have them really get us and we fully understand them?
On the flip side can you imagine anything hurting worse than the sting of betrayal and rejection?
When poorly chosen or misunderstood words get thrown on top the heap of baggage we already drag around with us it makes it difficult to discern between reality and previous experiences.
Even with the best of intentions we can’t make up for someone else’s past pain.
Who would think that one little four letter word spelled L.O.V.E. would be so hard to act on and act out? But ever-changing variables in our circumstances with each other make it tricky. It’s no wonder Jesus spent His whole ministry trying to help us figure out how to get out of our own way to love well.
And when we have no answers and we don’t know what to do, we do what’s best, surrender to the mender of broken hearts and fractured relationships. We may not be able to come up with a solution to our present circumstance but we can make this resolution:
I will persevere in prayer for this situation being thankful in knowing and focusing on this fact, it is done.
It is done.
“No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes” in Christ….” (1 Corinthians 1:20 NIV)
Including God working for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28-29
Our prayers set forth a plan of action. In that seemingly empty space, the uncomfortable place of wait, the in-between—somewhere in the middle of what is and what will be, past the initial hurt but so far from a final answer, we can rest assured,
it is done.
Now I can continue to walk around in a foggy brain mess with my emotions all over the map or I can choose to clear my mind by focusing on these three words,
it is done.
Friends, it doesn’t have to be a relationship issue, every problem has an in-between—after the beginning and before the end. After the “Dear Lord, help me” and before the amen. The place where we torture ourselves with worry in the wait. But we can lift our heads above the fog and find our peace in,
it is done.
Thank you Jami Amerine for reminding me of these three simple but powerful words. I’m forever grateful.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.