If you want a bit of a preface for this post, this would be a good place to start.
If you want to just dive right into a pile of what it would look like if I took the contents of my brain, threw it in a blender with some blueberry yogurt and a handful of psychosis and topped it with a cherry, by all means...
How do you learn to just say that one little word:
How do you access the faith to be handed something so seemingly insurmountable and just take a deep breath of acceptance?
How did Jessi do it?
How did Diane do it?
How did Christ himself do it when he learned his entire purpose on this earth was to die hanging on a cross with nails in his hands and thorns on his head?
I have no idea.
I lied. I do have an idea. And the answer is a pretty good one at that. The only problem is that it's not an easy answer.
And though by no means have I experienced loss on the same levels as the women I mentioned, there is no standard yardstick to measure pain and loss. We each feel it in our own ways.
How do you separate what you want from what you want to want?
And when you are having trouble wanting that thing you want to want, how can you be sure that you're trusting your faith and saying "okay", and not just giving up?
I've spent the past year learning more about my faith, learning more about why I believe, and learning how to adjust my thought process from thinking of my life solely as my own to knowing I want to live my life for something Greater. But with that has come the reluctance to release the reigns, so to speak. I spent so long thinking that it was all up to me that I developed a stubborn streak.
Now that stubborn streak is rising up, building to some cataclysmic end - or so I hope, anyway. Because I want that streak gone. I want to stop trying to control everything going on in my life, hoping I can change things to fit my own selfish wants and needs. I want to be able to, for the first time in my life, believe fully that God will take this one from me and do a far better job fixing it than I could. I want to trust Him completely.
I want to say "okay" and mean it.
How do I do that?
If I want it so badly, and pray for it so fervently, why am I not filled with the peace of that kind of trust?
I see these women all around who are faced with something gut-wrenching and yet they are not to be broken. They take what has been hurled at them, they feel it, they seem to accept it and say okay.
HOW DO YOU DO THAT?
The thing that frightened me the most in the world happened almost one year ago.
It was something I thought would break me to pieces (and trust me, it came close) but on the contrary, I can feel it made me stronger. It brought me out of a shadow I didn't even realize I was living in and brought me closer to a God I want to trust with all my heart.
I want to love God more than anything and I want to have faith that He will not let me fall.
I want to say okay.