God has graciously given me an emotional reprieve. For the last several days, instead of bringing up more of the junk in my heart to work through, He has just showered me with grace. I love how God knows when we can't take anymore and then cares for us.
I know this time of just basking in His love is temporary. I know this simply because my heart still has a lot of refining to do. Not that He stops loving us, please don't hear that! It is just simply different right now. I know the hurts will still be there when I need to keep pursuing healing. Right now though, I am enjoying laughing again. Right now my brain knows there are things to work on, but my heart is not heavy.
I am thankful for a break in the hurt. I am thankful for the opportunity I had today to laugh, fully and loudly. I am thankful that for this moment in time, even if it turns out to be just a moment, that my heart doesn't hurt so deeply that I swear it could fall out of my body at any second. It isn't a chore to smile today. There aren't unshed tears lurking behind my eyes waiting for a chance to spring on me.
I have to blog this today. I have to remember that God is gracious to me, that He gives me periods of rest in the fray. I need to remember the next time that life feels unbearable for a period of time so long that I have forgotten what happy feels like, that peace and grace and smiles and laughter will also mark my journey.
A week ago, I wondered if I'd ever feel joy again. I wondered how long I could feel like a hot iron was searing into my heart. I wondered if I was ever going to do more than cope. And today I know, that though the battle is not over, I still have capacity to feel something besides hurt and lonliness. And that brings me hope!