Ever had someone let you down?
It happened to me recently.
At first, I was surprised. I have a fairly optimistic outlook and I tend to expect the best of people, so when they reveal a different side of themselves, it often catches me off guard.
The surprise was followed up with dismay and a lot of self-incrimination. “How could I be that gullible?” and “Am I really that naive?” and “I should have known…”
Now, I’m a “good Christian girl” or at least I try to be. So while I vented to my husband, there were several methods I did NOT take advantage of.
I did not compose a vague but needy Facebook post.
I did not use Twitter hashtag revenge.
I did not create an e-card and pin it to my Pinterest board to highlight the drama.
What I did was sulk.
I felt used, unappreciated, and alone. It was easy to convince myself that those feelings were justified. After all, if I had gone public with the situation, any logical person who still wanted to be my friend would have agreed with me.
But there was One who didn’t see it my way at all.
The One I couldn’t convince bombarded me with the routes I hadn’t taken, but should have.
I could have seen this as an opportunity to extend grace.
I could have recognized that this had not caught God off guard and that His plans cannot be thwarted.
I could have considered the possibility that this might open up a door to something better that never would have happened otherwise.
Maybe next time—and we all know there will be a next time—I will remember. And instead of sulking, I’ll take the hurt to the One who knows me best and loves me most.
Because when I do, He reminds me that He’s for me, that He’s with me, that He’s got me, now and for all eternity.
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