Paint is all very well and good, but I get really excited when you and I get to connect on a deeper level about life and pain. Call me crazy, but relating to others and finding out that we are not alone really helps. Doesn’t it?
Every response I received from YOU after my “Good News” post was important and special. Thank you. You wrote sharing your own heartbreak. I heard from people going through divorce to health issues to children issues to the overall uncomfortableness of daily life. It kinda normalizes what we go through if we are able share. Not one of us is suffering alone! Not one of us doesn’t know what it’s like to weather the storm!
I think sometimes the problem lies when we keep these things to ourselves and try to pretend to be fine. Then we compare ourselves to others and look over to our left and say “Look at her life. She has it all.” But, that is never the case. Ever. Ever. Ever. It’s never greener. Ever. It’s all relative to our past, our level of sensitivity and experiences. Pain is pain.
It’s so interesting to me that God has brought us all together over our love of paint and furniture. For those of you that don’t know a bit of my story, furniture has always been emotional for me. I didn’t just happen upon drooling over a beautiful dining table. (Of course that happened too!). I was connected to a safe and stable place when I was in my room with my furniture with my door locked. It was not going anywhere. It was my space. I could move it around – which I did every weekend – and use it as I pleased. I purchased my entire bedroom set at age 11, which included a sweet little sleigh bed. It was important to me and symbolizes so much that I can’t even explain. It was big and solid when I couldn’t be. It took up space when I was fearful and shrunk back. It was solid when I faded.
I can’t help but think YOU and I have more conversations to be had. I always say that I wish we could sit down for tea together. Then I got to thinking, if not tea what about a special space – a separate blog where YOU could post your struggle and we could write in and support YOU and pray and give feedback? If you can relate, would this interest you? It would be a deeper and more vulnerable space, but safe & sound.
I am comforted to know that many of us will get to spend eternity together in a beautiful garden and I think God will be loving enough to give us a few gorgeous lounge chairs to sit in while we catch up:)