It’s taken me a whole year to come to say this, and I’m still pretty bitter about how it all came down, but I’d like to share this from my heart:
If the evil stalker was going to pick on someone, I’m glad it was us.
Because our God was with us. He never left our sides. It’s been a heck of a year not just for us, but for the friends and family who love us, as well. It’s been a series of ups and downs, but in the last several months, mostly ups.
God has been faithful to us, and has shown our family, through faithful and loving friends and family, exactly what it means to be His hands and feet. He’s shown us ways we can care for others because we were cared for.so lovingly, and without judgment for what we were going through.
Before, I might have been judgmental over how someone acted or dealt with circumstances. Now we avoid that as much as humanly possible. Because you just never know what someone else is going through, or what’s happened in their lives that they’re not talking about.
In short, I’m not glad that it all happened. Just that if she was going to go insane and try to ruin someone’s life, I’m glad it was ours, because our God showed up and showed off through so many people in our lives. It taught me that ours is a good marriage. Not perfect, but GOOD. And that mine is a good life. And that our kids are worth the struggle. And that love is worth it.
Hebrews 12:11 NIV
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
I’m not at all saying that we were disciplined by God because of something we’d done. But in this unpleasant “reset” in our lives, we’ve learned so much, and have come out better on the other side. For that, Mr. Wonderful and I are very thankful.