Someone close to me got her heart broken recently. She is a beautiful and amazing person whose diapers I have changed and laughter I have shared. I am not going to say her name because she would disown me. This story is in her honor……….
I got my heart broken once. An incredible person who I will refer to as JT (to protect the innocent, of course) broke up with me after many years together. I know you might find it difficult to believe that anyone could leave such a delightfully funny, charming, and modest person; but, he did it. And, it was one of the best experiences of my life; even though at the time I felt devastated. I hid it well. I went on with my life, had a lot of fun, had a lot of success, had a couple of subsequent failed relationships. You get the idea. I suppose I even carried this fantasy of a reconciliation around for longer than I care to admit. I knew deep down inside that I would emerge a stronger person and I did!! You see heartbreaks are blessings in disguise. Not only do they empower us greatly; they lead us to new roads where we actually find the relationship that we have always wanted. It lead me to the love of my life, my dear husband Ed. I can’t remember what it felt like not to love him. I can’t imagine my life without him. He is the best person I know! He’s like a big warm hug when you need it the most. I am truly grateful for him and his three beautiful children (from a previous marriage) and our little blessing, Laney. I am grateful to have received two wonderful in-laws, two extraordinary sisters, and many sweet pet-in-laws to boot.
But, there is something else. I am grateful for what has happened to JT, as well. Recently, a mutual friend told me about JT’s wife and their children. He has become a father to three beautiful girls who tragically lost their father at very young ages. He died suddenly in a terrible car accident. JT married their mother a few years back (not sure when) and gave them a new father. They were also blessed with two new Grandparents who love and appreciate them. I know they will always miss their dad. They will certainly always wish he could come back. I also highly suspect that they are extremely grateful for their “new” Dad. It’s a tough story…my eyes are welling up with tears just writing about it. And, there are many details I don’t know about the situation because it has been several years since I have spoken with JT; but the story touched me and I wanted to share it. I hope if you are going through a loss or a heartbreak that it will give you a little boost. Doors close so that new ones can be opened.
Please when you are thanking God today, don’t forget to thank him for the Unanswered Prayers. Now, without further adieu, I’ll turn it over to Garth Brooks…….
PS Bittersweet is just a stop on the road to…just sweet!!