I'm still feeling numb.
It seems to happen from time to time after counseling. Last time, I was so exhausted I collapsed in the nearby bathroom sobbing. This time, I bypassed the bathroom and went down to my car right away. I sat there for a bit, then moved my car to a more remote part of the parking lot, and sat in a daze for a bit, and actually fell asleep for about a half hour.
When I woke, I started the car and drove to the farm to get the kids. I pulled into the yard, and as no one was out there, turned off the car and sat in the dark, the quiet enveloping me. I'm not sure how long I sat there till the tears started rolling down my cheeks.
Tricia had prayed at the end of the session that though she had talked a lot, that I would remember what I would need to and forget the things I didn't or that weren't God's words for me to remember.
She asked me to work on letting go of the curtains (an image in my head) that I hanging on to, to cover myself and hide myself in. She wants me to work on, and get myself to the point that I will forgive myself for the things that I did in this relationship. To accept God's forgiveness and to claim the truth of His word as my own, and to call the truth, the truth and a lie, a lie. Whether my feelings follow right away or not, I need to believe the truth, to choose it and hang onto it, no matter what.
I know that is what I need to do and she is right.
But as I sat in the car at the farm, crying, all I could think of was how tired I was. So exhausted. So sick of fighting. It's so hard, and all I want is to stop. I don't want to think about anything, this relationship, this struggle for truth, taking captive my thoughts. It's so overwhelming. It's too much at once, and I don't know how to handle it.
I have stuffed it pretty well this past week. Yes, emotions have popped out from time to time, but for the most part, I haven't felt either really good, or excited about anything, or really too depressed either. I felt very "flatline" for lack of anything better. I know I don't have to be super up or down, or have major swings to be "ok" or anything like that, nor do I want that, but it would be nice to be able to enjoy things, or grieve things if I need to.
I have to grieve the loss that I put on myself by the choices I made. I was able to grieve the losses of other things, where I was a victim. I was able to work through the anger there, and finally forgive the offenders. I have been able to go through so much and find God's strength through it all.
Now, I don't have any strength of my own, and I don't feel like I have God's either. Where is the stubbornness and determination I have had in the past? Where is the gumption and backbone I had in the face of what I knew were enemy attacks? I know the enemy wants to keep me bound, stuck and stalled out here. So why am I so reluctant to fight back with the truth?
I'm not sure that I have the answer to those questions. I'm not sure we answered those in counseling, though we might have today, I just feel so befuddled that I really don't know right now.
As we talked, Tricia reminded me one of the phrases I had used to describe myself in light of this situation was that I was filthy.
Later on, I got this image of a glass bottle - almost a jug. Dark green, at least what you could see through the filthiness on the outside of it. Inside were packed all my emotions. Hate, rage and anger at this guy, at myself, I think even at God. Grief, loss, failure, pain, shame, disgust, guilt. It had a rubber cork in it, and I was leaning all my weight on it to keep it corked up. I was afraid to open it, because I was afraid of all the emotions that would spill out.
At first, Tricia asked me to allow that bottle to be opened during the next two weeks, not to dump it out, but just let it open, so that the pressure wouldn't build. But by the end, she suggested that I just work on the part of letting go of the curtain that I was hiding in, and work on the accepting God's forgiveness and love, and forgiving myself. She "gave me permission" to leave that bottle alone until we see each other again.
I feel so numb and exhausted right now, I don't even know what to do.
I have taken my anti-anxiety meds, but still feel that pit of fear in my stomach, the one that gives me heartburn and leaves me all jumpy. I really can't take any more of anything medication wise, and I can't really take much more emotionally either.
I don't want to work. I don't want to think. I don't want to do anything but curl up in bed and pull the covers over my head and stay there. I don't want to pray, and it's been like pulling teeth to write here even. How can I be in one place, where I am able to encourage a friend going through a rough time, and the next minute not want to do anything? Even the things I know are good for me, that will help me and will cause me to walk closer with God?
It's just where I'm at right now, like it or not.