How many reading this enjoy roller coasters? Or scary movies? Or action films?
My guess is that most like one or the other or all three.
Why? Because it’s fun to dip our emotional toe into deep water when we know we can take it out at any moment.
We experience a sort of “high” when the “fight or flight” adrenaline pumps through our veins but our minds know full well that we are in no real danger.
What’s much more difficult is to commit to experience in real time with real people the real emotional roller coaster of hard situations and unending sorrow or pain.
Then people tend to withdraw because they are too scared to stay.
I am so sorry that broken hearts are wounded further when friends or family just can’t bear the pain of watching us hurt and run away instead of walking with us.
They are afraid. I used to be afraid too. But I’m not afraid now.
My new bravery was purchased at great cost. And I don’t want to waste it.
This Valley is teaching my heart to reach out further, quicker, more often and to stick around longer than I was willing to before.
I want to stand with and speak courage to wounded hearts.
I want to help healed hearts that choose to be brave and commit to walk with those in pain.
And I am learning to extend grace to the hearts who choose to run away.
Fear is powerful and I can’t blame them.
But for those who remain, I am so, so grateful.