I’ve been a mess the past few days. A pregnant, emotional, occasionally ugly-crying mess. In a matter of milliseconds, I’ve gone from laughing hysterically to bawling my eyes out and back. Wrestling with vastly different emotions on behalf of dear friends: miscarriages, pregnancies in peril, healthy babies born, cancer diagnoses, relationships restored, jobs lost and found. Add in a healthy dose of pregnancy hormones and you’re left with one whopping mess* of tears and chocolate cravings. (*insert prayer for my dear husband here)
Then Thursday night came. The whole drive to pick up Jordan from teaching had me, once again, in tears. Being the genius that I am, I decided to play a Kathryn Scott song that has me weepy on a sanguine day. Eliana must have been wondering, “what the heck is wrong with my mother?!” She simply laughed and sang her heart away all the while. Our trek from Jordan’s office to Journey for worship band rehearsal had thankfully less tears with precious encouragement coming from my wonderful husband (also probably wondering “what the heck is wrong with my wife?!”)
As the band set up and prepped for rehearsal, I saw a dear friend of mine. Within moments, we both were sharing tears and our struggles from the week. Though we live quite a distance apart, we both had been experiencing similar emotions and wrestling with similar heartaches from our own experiences and on behalf of mutual friends. We cried, we expressed our own confusion in ourselves and not having the answers to the questions that perplexed us. We laughed at our hysteria and how grateful we are for husbands who love us in spite of us.
Then we were able to pray together. What a gift it was to pray together to the God who hears, even while not having all the answers ourselves. I’m so grateful for friendships that bear burdens, rejoice together and regardless of current circumstances, go with you before the Throne. God worked through those few moments together with this wonderful woman to bring peace amidst my madness and to encourage my hormonal heart.
The rest of rehearsal was a beautiful time for me, relishing in the truth of the lyrics we sang and surrounded by incredible music played by people who genuinely love their Savior. By evening’s end, I left encouraged and at peace. Granted, I still feel the weight of concern for friends facing trying times. But God had worked through my steadfast husband, a dear friend, and the songs we rehearsed as a soothing balm on my emotional, weary heart. Will I cry again tomorrow? Probably. After all, I am still quite pregnant. But I’ll be able to laugh at myself in the midst of the raging emotions and confusing times, knowing that ultimately God still holds my whole world in His hands and that I am not alone. Thank you, Lord, for all the ways you work in my life. Even in my weakest moment, Your strength shines all the more.