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Topic: Love and Grace (09/11/14)
TITLE: The Unburned Bridge
By Lindsey Ruby
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I beg God to use my life ... then when He wants to use it I'm like, "What? Are you serious?"
I've learned a lesson on love and grace just recently. A good friend and I planned to meet up, catch up and just spend a few hours together. I was looking forward to it. The day came and I called to touch base. No answer. I called again an hour later around when we were to meet and she picked up the phone, irritation in her voice. I didn't stop to consider what she might be going through. And if I did, I wouldn't let her off the hook. Her tone said all I needed to hear. Who needs friends like this? That's what I told myself.
I wanted to burn this bridge. It would be so easy to do. I've done it before to others who let me down. It always seemed to feel good at first, letting people go. A seed of an idea turned into the sprouting of the notion that I won't let anyone hurt me again. (Except, I would get hurt again.) I would be doing the right thing, I told myself. That would be the last phone call, the last time I reached out. I've been quick to burn a bridge or end a friendship. My mind always made sure to justify it to my heart.
A few months went by when I was just sitting at my desk looking out my window and she came to mind. I didn't deserve to be treated like that, I said to myself. Then a fresh and new thought bubbled up, "Call her."
What? No way. Where did that thought come from? I was hoping it wasn't The Lord, because I really was not going to call her.
Another spontaneous thought: "Call her and apologize."
The thought was strong and pure. I didn't know what I was apologizing for as I reached for the phone. I dialed. Each ring seemed to buzz me into a different frame of mind.
Another thought: “Love her.”
She picked up, a little timid and sad. I gave my cheerful, “Hey you.”
She sounded down. “Hi.”
“I wanted to hear your voice and see how you are. But most importantly, I wanted to apologize.”
It was dead silent. I almost chuckled, I could sense her softening and it felt good to my heart! I genuinely wanted to hug her. Oh to be human, it is hard. I was amazed at the change of my own heart, cold and hurt one moment and filled with his love and grace the next.
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