I got a text from my ex yesterday, that although it shouldn’t have, caused me a great deal of sadness. I think it’s because it solidified the fact that we weren’t getting back together, and although I thought I had totally let go, there was this little piece of me that was still holding on. While we were dating, I honestly thought he was the one, we discussed marriage, having a family, and he told me (although I never saw it) that he had gone ring shopping. I thought he was the man who God had for me and we were going to live happy together for the rest of our days. Unfortunately, there was a curve ball thrown and that didn’t turn out to be the case.
I won’t go into detail about the text but it was enough to send me running back to feeling as if we had broken up more recently and there was such an internal pain that it was almost crippling. I didn’t want to see or deal with anyone, but since I received the text in the middle of doing something I had to push on and wait to open the flood gates until I got into my car and a safe distance away from the building. I confused myself, because I was dealing, coping or at least I thought I was until I found myself falling back into the anguish of sadness that seemed to come out of no where and so quickly that it was impossible to dodge. I fell back into questioning the things that happened, wondering if I had made the right decisions. I found myself questioning God, asking Him if I would ever have love, did I miss my chance and why am I here yet again? I found myself holding onto heartache more than happiness as I dwelled on the fact that I was 37 and without prospects. I wondered if I would have to do the rest of my life without a mate and if so could I be okay with that? I forgot to remind myself that just because I didn’t see big things on the horizon, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Since, I’d been here before in my twenties I knew that if I stayed one of two things that would happen. 1. I would fall deeper and deeper into sadness and eventually depression and 2. I would fall further and further away from Christ. So I prayed and prayed some more between sobs. It was a long sleepless night of guarding my tongue against words the enemy would have me speak over my life and asking God for strength, faith and vision to see beyond this point in my life and also for contentment while in the season.
Today after almost two months of my ex and I officially parting ways, I let go. It was difficult, because I wanted to hold on, but I deleted the numbers, emails and text. I released the dreams of meeting him at the end of the aisle on our wedding day and us growing old and wrinkly together. I let it all go, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt, it means that through the pain I must hold on to the faith that all things will work together for both of our goods and release the fear that it won’t. It is not a fire of consumption but of cleansing, so I have to thank Him even while walking through the flames.
Whatever your issue is, if you find yourself taking a couple of steps back, remember it’s normal. Blame it on our humanity. No one and no situation is perfect, some days it’s easy to roll with the punches and sometimes you feel like you got knocked off of your feet. Fight the good fight and remember God is there for you, He will help you, believe that.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (ESV)
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV)
Genesis 2:18 – Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (ESV) – God will bring someone great into our lives if it is His will, he made us for companionship.
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