She said she had felt for the longest time like she was the only one. One after one the others started nodding…including me.
Why is it we always feel like we are alone in all the yuck of life? Like we are the only ones who ever had problems with marriage or kids or family?
Because we are SO not alone. We never have been and we never will be.
Tears flowed. Confessions came. Hearts laid bare as souls were allowed to believe for the first time that maybe someone else could actually understand. Someone else was or had walked the same path and shared the same hurt…and they were telling about it.
I left those four walls that night wondering how many more sisters have walls needing to be torn down?
How many more women are living with the guilt, shame or hurt and think they are the only ones?
How many other sisters are living in the past because they have no one to hold their hand and lead them into the future…free of the past?
Sweet, sweet sister…come in close and listen to my heart. Listen to me right now. You. are. not. alone.
I don’t know your story. And I don’t have to. My story may be similar and it may be completely different. But someone, somewhere (closer than you think) shares a part of your story…and you’d never know it because you’ve never felt free enough to share it and neither has she.
So, what’s the answer? I don’t know. Exactly.
Here’s what I do know…
We need to start talking to each other.
We need to start trusting each other.
We NEED each other. Period.
Life’s too short (or too long, as my cattle man would argue) to go through it stuck in the past.
Life’s too short to stay mired in the pain of our own sin…or someone else’s.
Life’s too long to live confined in the walls of guilt and shame that hold us captive and never allows others in.
I also know Someone who knows everything that’s been done to you and by you…and loves you anyway.
Jesus is truly the best friend any of us can have. Maybe that sounds trite, but truth can be trite, I suppose.
Jesus is the best person we can share our deepest hurts and highest hopes with.
Jesus is the best sister-match-maker we will ever meet. He is the only one I want putting people in my life to share life with…and He has and He will. Ask Him and then come back and let me tell you, “I told you so.”
No, sister, you aren’t alone in your sufferings. And your sufferings aren’t for naught, yet can produce the one thing we all desperately need…HOPE.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…”
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