God unexpectedly blessed me with an incredible friend tonight. A friend who was willing to pour out, even out of her own brokenness and pain.
She saw where I was at by the end of my day, and even in her own pain, responded out of care and concern. Come to find out we couldn't be more on the same page and in the same place if we tried. And God put us there at the same time to walk together.
I had a break down today at church when she got there to see how I was doing. I had a panic attack as I tried to talk to her there. We spent time in the sanctuary, for privacy so we could talk, and she could help me calm down.
All through the day, as memories have come to the forefront, I have been freezing cold. So she invited me over to her house to hang with her and her son, and I got to snuggle up with various cats (she has 7, five of which I actually saw) and huddle close to her pellet burner till I warmed up. She used the idea of the pellet burner to lure me over, because she knows I am a sucker for a fire!
It worked. The fire warmed me up as did the company that I was given.
Tears were shed, silent prayers prayed, and she gave me the benefit of a listening ear when I needed it, light-hearted conversation as it seemed appropriate, and the space to just have quiet and peace.
This was only the second time I can ever remember going over to someone's house for the first time and not feeling uncomfortable, but rather, feeling safe and that it was where God wanted me.
I am still broken and hurting inside. I let go today and accepted God's forgiveness and forgave myself. And then God allowed a memory (one I rememebered but it was always on the "outskirts" of my mind) to come into full focus and full living color. It was really hard, really painful and nearly shattered me today.
I don't know what to do yet. What decisions I need to make, if any, about going to see Tricia sooner, or if I can hang on for 2 weeks until my next appointment.
But tonight, God has given me a measure of peace. More than I anticipated having. My friend talked to me as I had at least one more panic attack at her house, not counting the one at church. Now it's time for bed, and I am praying for sleep. A nice peaceful, dreamless sleep.
I am just overwhelmed by God's goodness to me through this friend.... even as I am overwhelmed by the pain and fear and fallout of these memories.
This time this evening of relaxing, talking, laughing, listening, crying and praying was a needed break at the end of a long painful day. It was healing. It was given to me by God, through a friend who was willing to listen to His promptings..... and for once I didn't hinder what He was doing, but accepted her invitation of company for a while. If I hadn't, I probably would have come home alone, and kicked myself all night for not going over.
Thank you Jesus for how you unexpectedly bless me so much. You are so good. You are so loving. Please help me cling to that truth, and to how You revealed it to me through this precious time with You and my friend tonight.