I’d like to start this off with saying I’m not putting all the things out there that I discussed I would in part 1. I’m realizing the line between vulnerability and sacredness.
I think I’ve been putting off writing the second part of this blog because no doubt it’s a heck of lot more vulnerable and real than I think I really want to be.
But I do.
I want to be.
I want to put this ridiculous notion that is in my head on paper and then hopefully let it die.
In part one I mentioned a conversation with Catherine. My team leader, the person with whom I always ended up in a car with day one of ministry in a new country in a situation that could probably be clarified as stranger danger.
And above all, Catherine is an amazing friend of mine.
I wish I could remember where we had the conversation, what country, what month…a lot of me wants to assume it as in Romania…
(This is all just me procrastinating actually writing about the conversation)
Anyways…I made an offhand remark about not getting married, not wanting to have kids etc.
I put my wall up and leaned on it like I always do.
Cat took a sledgehammer from the other side, put a wall and peeked over.
She wondered if I didn’t want kids because I didn’t think I’d ever get married.
Gosh thanks Catherine.
If I’m being honest…yes that is probably a part of it. I am fearful I am never going to get married.
Never going to be wanted in that way.
And it’s not just me.
I’m never the girl people assume is going to get married.
No one ever assumes that I WANT to get married.
No one ever set me up (or attempts too)
I’m rarely told “you’re man is coming”
And yes, it could be how I look.
It could be that I have a nasally voice.
It could be that I’m shy.
I don’t know why I’m stuck in this category for a lot of people.
My hands are shaking as I write out the hurt I felt each time this situations popped up. Because each time my name wasn’t brought into a conversation about future weddings and husbands and kids…
And I’m not blaming, I’m not accusing.
I’m just saying it hurt.
And at the time I didn’t have the words or the emotional capability to form the sentences to say that it hurt.
I look at life a little different now and I can see it hurt and it probably ingrained itself deep into me.
And yes, there are probably multiple defensives etc. that I put out that cause people to think
“oh that girl just doesn’t want to get married”
And maybe it’s because I don’t.
And maybe it’s because I don’t think I’m good enough.
Maybe it’s because marriage isn’t in my DNA.
I don’t really know.
And that’s ok.
So this isn’t a huge revelation or something that comes from Jesus.
But it’s me.
Recognizing hurt, hearing my heart, choosing not to get
caught up in something that I might not ever want to get
caught up and also making the decision
to keep things sacred in my heart.
Thanks for reading.