What is a date on the calendar really?
All those little squares, empty and waiting for us to fill with our busy lives.
A place to jot notes.
Record and remember important events like birthdays, doctors appointments, school functions, and anniversaries, we can’t forget those…..
My calendar today has a red circle around the number 10.
Next to it, a heart with a jagged line running through it, and a year: 2011.
The day & year of Dale’s “Truth”.
Could it really only be 2 years ago today, that my world so drastically changed?
It feels like a LIFETIME has gone by.
Last year at this time, I bawled my way through the day. Raw and having just told our story to the world, after keeping it quiet for nearly 9 months.
Interesting isn’t it, that just like the timeline of a newborn baby, our story took 9 months to grow and change, to prepare itself for the big reveal on April 30th, 2012.
You know, as I sit here and look down at my calendar, it doesn’t MEAN anything. It doesn’t make my heart race, or skip a beat, no tears come to my eyes. This year July 10th, is just a date on the calendar.
The timeline of the last two years has included brokeness, sharing, fearing our truth, then owning it loudly, obeying when it would’ve been easier to hide, loving, rebuilding, crying and laughing, good days and bad days, forgiveness and bitterness.
But this date no longer owns me, and I am happy to tell you that today.
Because someone, somewhere, is laboring along the same path Dale and I did, raw and broken, barely making it at times. They needed to hear this today. I am writing to you today, broken one, to give you hope.
Hope that even 2 years later, just 2 short years after your truth, you CAN have victory, love, laughter, joy and peace by the supernatural healing of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Most counselors will tell you, that average number of years to heal from infidelity are 5-7. And that’s ok, you take all the time you need. But just hear me, that if you allow the Lord to lead every single step in this healing process, in the forgiveness that has to happen, then peace and joy return quickly. Even 2 years later, you can feel whole and happy again.
You know, maybe, just maybe, when I transfer important events to my 2014 calendar, I will skip over this one.
July 10th, 2011
Or, maybe not.
After all, it is a huge turning point in the timeline of our lives.
Not for the horror it caused, but for the good that came up out of the muck and mire. The beauty that came from deep inside those ashes. The way our love grew deeper and stronger than we EVER thought possible.
What doesn’t break you, DOES make you stronger.
July 10th, 2013 makes me proud of us, of how strongly we stand, united by tragedy turned triumph. Thankful to the Lord for comforting us and carrying us after the fall.
Thankful that today is a glorious day, full of sunshine and joy, peace and hope………
A date, is just a date.
A calendar holds no meaning to our Lord, for His timeline is vastly different than our own.
I am glad for that.