I needed some chocolate. I needed to escape the chaos. I needed a friend to pour out my woes upon.
All my options felt somehow hollow. I knew they would not really fill the empty place at the moment.
Pause. Breathe. Repeat.
I needed... Jesus. I needed to lean fully into the relationship that has never let me down, or left me alone. In my mind I was drowning in a sea of "why me, why today's" and his hand was reaching out to pull me up and out of the storm.
Would I grab on or turn away to food, to fleeing, or to other relationships?
Breathe, a little slower this time.
I accepted the hand and grasped the love offered to me every moment of every day. The argument still happened, plans were still changed, and we were still late, but I remembered what was truly important in that moment: a relationship of pure love and forgiveness.
Then, and only then, could I go about my day at peace.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deut. 31:8 NIV)
I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:6-8 NIV)
"There is always sufficient reason for despair, but there is never sufficient purpose." ~Robert Brault
Jesus, I can breathe easily in our relationship. You are always beside me whispering love. Help me learn how to overflow with the same love onto those around me. Amen.