Yesterday, I had a meltdown in the middle of the day. No one was here. I needed to consult with PJ's therapy director but I just couldn't bear the weight of my pain anymore. I usually do pretty well in general. I know the path I'm on. It's not an easy one, but I know my life is going in the right direction. I'm walking in obedience and it's just a matter of being disciplined enough to stay on the path. Unfortunately, my dreams at night tend to trip me up a bit. That's when I have to come face to face with the pain of this path in ways I can't blow off. So I had a meltdown.
As I laid in my bed in the agony of brokenheartedness, the phone rang. That meant that I had to get up. The Lord sent a good friend to comfort and encourage me. She knows the struggles I face. She knows how painful they are. She called just to listen and encourage. It was important to know that I am not alone. It didn't change the path. It didn't eliminate the pain, but it did help me recenter on Jesus and carry on.
After my friend picked me up off the floor, I was able to meet with PJ's therapy director who helped me prioritize his work and moved me forward in getting him help. Last night, PJ had great victories to tell me about from school. This morning there was a small crack in the issues that hurt me the most. Even my dog came and gave me big sloppy kisses to comfort my heart. One of my morning devotionals was right to the point as well, reminding me that until I get the core issue dealt with, these things will remain unbearable. The catch is that the core issue isn't my issue, so all I can do to deal with it is continue to choose to starve it out, like starving out a cancer, until the Father can be allowed to remove it surgically.
Sometimes the way we have to walk is not going to be easy. James tells us:
"2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."--James 1:2-4
Ginny Owens once said in reference to this verse: "So there's going to come a day when I don't lack anything?!? Well, it's not now!" I'm not there yet either, but He promises we will get there. In the meantime, my great Provider gives me all it takes to perservere.