I looked down at my phone and sighed the biggest sigh in the history of the world.
Yeah, ok. I might be exaggerating. But that’s how I felt this morning.
They say that habits form with repetitive choices and positive reinforcement. Well, I was used to getting a text message from a friend. Nearly every morning for the past few years I would get some hilarious or crazy text from a friend. Usually about nothing important. Something stupid that happened at Starbucks or at work. Something on the internet that was crazy. A song that made them feel. Something that would make me laugh.
That changed a few weeks ago. Thus my sigh. Old habits die hard.
I miss the texts. The stories. The laughter. The conversation. And now I have to start my day boring. Boo.
It’s amazing how a person can come into your life and crawl right into your heart and come to mean something so much to you in a short period of time. It’s amazing the hole they leave when they go.
I don’t like change like this. So much change is good. So much. But not this. The words of Jesus are in my brain right now, John 15, “any vine that does not produce good fruit must be pruned…” I imagine this might be a pruning. And God’s pruning is always a beautiful and right and good thing.
But it still hurts.
I like all my vines, thank you very much. That’s why I put them there.
INFJs cling tightly to those we connect with, because that connection is so very rare. We don’t want them to leave, so God has to resort to extreme measures to prune from me (that’s been his m.o. in the past).
I hate it.