This morning I received a phone call from someone who has become a dear friend. He was checking in to see when the G family would be arriving at a place he arranged for us due to the septic system being replaced. The septic guys haven't even showed up yet..looking like it won't be until tomorrow at the earliest at this point. And I am thankful. Why? It serves as a great reminder of a lesson involving this same dear friend and the year of 2008 as a whole.
2008 was a hard year in many ways. At one point, I was beyond ready to leave this town. I had been hurt by a couple of people and was ready to retreat. Utterly ready to leave the town I had once said I would never come to. I am so thankful that Dick kept listening to God and knew it would be the wrong thing for us to do. He knew it. I had to accept it. We weren't leaving then. I couldn't fathom why at the time. Remember... I was hurt. That should have been reason enough right? Nope.
Over the course of the last year, I have sought God more so than I ever have before in my life. And when given the chance to really work through things with one of the people involved, I decided to put myself to the test. What do I mean? I was willing to be hurt even more if that was what it took. Talk about staying on my knees.
A couple of months ago, this now dear friend and I really started talking again. Not surface talk... really talking. He admitted to me that he was taking his anger out on me because of what I represented to him at the time. Once he realized he needed to start working on his anger and why he was angry to begin with - he realized how much he had hurt me in the process. And talk about being sorry. No doubt I have forgiven him as has he forgiven me for my no longer wanting to be around him then. I judged what I did not understand. Dang...
Honesty need not be feared. Had this one particular dear friend and I not been totally honest with each other, we both would have been dead wrong. And we would have missed out on the sheer blessings we now know. And to top that off, I would have missed out on one of the best years and the first few months of 09!
Who are you dead wrong about?
And if you think there's no one... Perhaps you need to check your pulse.
As always, dear reader, you've been prayed for!
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