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Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm just a summer girl

"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.  See?  I am doing a new thing.  Do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert, and streams in the wasteland."
-Isaiah 43:18-19

I will forever be thankful for my girlfriends.

Last night, I headed into some shady territory.  Nothing major, I was just a little wary of running into someone who had a hand in breaking my heart a long time ago.  Ages ago.  And though everything is fine now, and I consider myself to be "over it," there was still a little piece of me that was deadly anxious.

Not scared, by any means.  Just anxious.  Like only girls can be.  You know how girls can be.

And would you believe I did see this person out of the corner of my eye when I pulled up at this ice cream shop last night.  They were sitting alone, quietly.  I hopped out of the car, and before I knew it my dear friend had linked her arm in mine and whisked me away.

I didn't even have time to make polite conversation with this person.  Bless my friend's heart, she didn't want to see me hurt so badly, that she wasn't even going to give this person an iota of a chance to mess with my mind/heart.

And as I thought about it later that night over my humongous coffee ice cream (in a waffle cone, the ONLY way to eat ice cream, in my opinion), I realized that it was me who got the better end of the deal.  Yes, this person did hurt me years ago.  And a lot of people would say that this person "won" the game of "love and war" that we played.  But, I was with two of my best friends having the greatest time.  That was not something that I was able to do a few years ago.

My relationship with Christ has been nearly identical to that experience.  I have been blessed by His protection in so many ways.  Sometimes, I feel him saying, "No, Brett, no.  You're not even going to entertain this for one mili-second.  Don't go down that road.  You're not going down that road."

He doesn't want to see me hurt.  He wants to protect my heart and mind from the crazy thoughts girls tend to entertain.  It is so visible how the Lord uses things and people in my life to draw me nearer to him, and to "forget the former things."

I am so thankful.

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