There's a bunch of stuff I could be doing right now.
Instead I'm sitting here, typing, listening to Jesus music, spending time with Jesus and trying to process the last couple of days.
My heart is sad.
My heart is sad because there's this family who's pretty amazingly special to me. This family is my family when I'm not with my actual family. This is a family who I've grown with, loved with, laughed with, and been challenged with.
And I found out earlier this week that they'll be moving at least several hours away.
And that makes my heart sad because I'm going to miss them like crazy. I love these people so much.
Some moments I'm okay. When I'm with people, with them, I'm usually okay. Mostly because I'm focused on making sure everyone else is okay and I'm keeping busy. I'm too busy praying silently for other people as we hold each other to think about what my heart's feeling.
But I have my moments.
When someone says something sweet about this family. When someone else starts crying. When someone reaches in for a hug. When I just stop and let myself think and process.
In those moments I turn into an emotional basket case of tears. Like my friend said, it comes in waves. I'll be fine one minute and bawling the next. Trying not to sob. Like right now while I'm typing this.
It happens at strange times. Like when I walked in the door tonight and started to make dinner. I was grating cheese and just started sobbing. Still not quite sure what set that bout of tears off.
And he has.
It's in these moments that he reminds me of his character. That he is good. That he is love. That he is faithful. And that I can trust him.
I honestly don't know how people deal with things when they don't have Jesus. Because in those moments when I break down, it's not especially pretty. But in even the tears, there's still hope. There's still peace. There's still the gentle whisper of God's love.
And in those whispers, God reminds me that his love travels many miles. And the love that this family and I have for each other will travel many miles. Distance won't change the love we have for each other. It just may have to change the way that love is expressed. Vacations to see each other instead of every weekend. Letters, texts, emails, and Skype dates instead of lunch dates, coffee dates, and sleep overs. Still haven't found a replacement for the hugs yet though...I'll just have to stock up with as many as possible before they leave.
So basically, all this to say, I'm going to be sad. And that's okay, because that means that I really love my friends and I'm going to miss them. I'm going to be happy, because they're going to get to do awesome things where they're going and I'm going to get to do awesome things here.
And in all those moments, the happy and the sad, I'm going to run to Jesus. Because he gets it. He understands. He knows. And he gives some pretty awesome hugs too. And my heart desperately needs them.