Did you know it’s possible to waste away from a broken heart? I had heard this before, but never thought it was in fact, possible.
I was wrong.
As much as I wish I wasn’t, I’m witnessing it happen to someone who I love dearly. She’s only a few miles away from me, but so far beyond my reach.
The pain and bitterness of a life that wasn’t has crept in and taken a hold on the heart that was. She desires to be better, to get well, but she can’t let go of her dreams that weren’t. The damage is profound.
She has lost faith in the things that were once significant to her. She is a shell of the person she used to be – hollowed by the ones who have hurt her deeply.
Can you relate?
Maybe it’s the person who cut you off in traffic this morning. Or possibly, it’s the one who made an offensive comment that severed a friendship. Or perhaps your pain goes deeper. Maybe it’s the husband who left one night, and didn’t come back. Or, it’s the father who missed too many dance recitals. Or, the mother who spoke one too many promises she couldn’t keep.
I encourage you to let it go.
People will disappoint you in this lifetime – they are not perfect. They cannot be, for there is only room for one perfect One. He asks us to forgive as He forgave us.
Will you listen before it’s too late?
Don’t let life’s disappointments consume you because they will. I know because I’ve seen her consumed.
The hurt and resentment build up and the wounds won’t heal. It is so hard to come back from this. I know because I’ve seen her try.
Go to Him and pray for a heart that forgives. You can change your outlook on life and your feelings toward people. I know because it happened to me. I know it can happen to her.
I pray for the one’s who have been let down by this life. There is hope for the hopeless, and I pray you run toward it in anticipation. Fall on your knees in prayer – pray for those who cut you off in traffic, for those who have said unkind words, for those who left and didn’t come back, and for those who couldn’t keep their promises. I pray you forgive them and know true peace – the peace that only HE can bring.
As far as she goes, it is my unrelenting prayer that she comes back. I have faith that she will – He has not given up on her, and never will.
By Julie Rees