Peace family, this might sound silly, but I am learning to value my blisters. Over the weekend, one of my friends was going through a very painful experience, and she needed someone to be with her. We cooked and ate dinner together, we talked, and we went on a walk. I did not know that we would end up walking more than three miles as she shared her heart with me. I probably should not have worn flip flops, and I am dealing with several bad blisters today!
You know what though? She is worth it. As I was cleaning my blisters this morning, I realized that it works for our spirits and emotions, too. When we choose to be in relationships with people who are hurting, sometimes we are going to be hurt. We are going to be hurt by the ways they lash out, like a drowning cat who claws and bites as you rescue it from a river. We are going to be hurt by their unhealthy habits and the lies they believe. We are going to be hurt by our own inability to fix everything or behave correctly all the time. We are even going to be hurt by feeling sad that our friend is hurting!
Thinking about it that way makes me want to press harder into God and receive protection and healing from him, so that I can hang in there when trying to love others leaves me raw and worn. It makes me want to press into the safe relationships that I have, so that I am full of love and power for those who are too weak to give back.
Are you feeling blistered? I just want you to know that there is value in your blisters. Anyway, just few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.