Monday, September 07, 2009

Putting "Believe" to the test

So last week I mentioned that I had to eat a frog. I've been silent all week trying to figure out how to explain everything that happened without crossing the crazy tangle of invisible boundaries that have popped up all around me. Life gets messy sometimes.

The frog was actually a meeting I had to go to. Steve and I had some concerns about some things where we worked, and I sensed that perhaps it wouldn't go all that well--that there would be conflict, rather than conversation. I'm not a big fan of conflict, so I was dreading what I feared would be an awful meeting.

It turns out I had no sense of what awful could look like before that meeting. But now it's been quite well defined.

To make a short story even quicker (and there is something to be said to ripping the whole band aid off at once rather than dragging things out) Steve resigned from his job, and I resigned from the odd assortment of responsibilities I'd been given to go along with it. We'll be moving back to New England in time for football season, which is good because I can't even imagine Sunday afternoons in winter when all that is on the TV is the Jets and the Giants.

We're a little banged up emotionally, and it might take some time before we get back to the place where we can believe people when they tell us things. Hopefully not too long, though. As my sister reminded me yesterday, I have quite a history of bouncing out of awful situations and landing in good places. We're excited about how that will unfold here. Let's just say there's lots of room for God to do cool things.

I've been watching the U.S. Open this week, a welcome diversion. The announcers talk again and again about the difference between the players who have a positive attitude and the ones who get down on themselves. It's good to hear. Unexpected breakout Michelle Oudin has the word "BELIEVE" on her sneakers. I think she's onto something :)

14 comments:

LEstes65 said...

I'm still praying for you. Love you so much!

CopyStrands said...

Wow, you are in my prayers too. That sounds like a tough time. So sorry to hear that.

P.S. I've been watching the U.S. Open as well and love watching Oudin's footwork when she plays.

Sarakastic said...

Sorry that things didn't work out but at least the frog is gone

kim said...

Sorry to hear things didn't work out (now I'm recalling our conversation about a month ago at the Summit). Where in New England will you be moving? Selfishly, I hope near here again. Yes, definitely onto something with the BELIEVE thing.

Gretchen said...

SO sorry to hear about the change! It seems like there have been a few frogs or hard situations to chew on. Looking forward to seeing you again, though!

Krissy said...

So sorry to hear this! I, too, have total confidence that God will work something great out of this situation for you and Steve, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't suck to go through it. You guys are in my prayers.

Stacy said...

I'm so sorry, Trish. Quite a frog indeed, but perhaps your sister is right.

Erica said...
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Erica said...

I think both you and your sister are onto something. (And in fact, you might find Dave's sermon from this past Sunday speaks helpfully to this theme as well.)
With a great big hug and hopes for great things to come on the other side of perseverance!

Swishy said...

I'll come help you unpack the boxes if you want ... or at least buy you a great lunch and a drink or two :)

(Adore Melanie Oudin. She is just as cute as cute can be!)

Stephanie said...

Hi Trish-
Wow, you guys have been through so much in only a short period of time. I hear ya on the football thing. If I lived somewhere were all I could see is the Giants and Jets, I'd sink into an irreversable depression, esp being an Eagles fan!
May God be with you in your move.
Blessings to you and your husband, Trish.
Stephanie

Rachael said...

So sorry to hear that things didn't turn out as you hoped. I'm a true believer that everything happens for a reason. The good things here are that you and Steve have each other and your faith is God has not waivered. When I get stressed out I remind myself that with God I can handle whatever is in front of me. I know you and Steve have that faith and will come out of this with something better than you were even hoping for when you moved north!

heidikins said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry darling, you are in my prayers and I sincerely hope this turns out for the best.

Hugs!
xox

Paige Jennifer said...

Well that's disappointing (sigh). But as one of my ex-boyfriends said the night things ended because he had been sleeping with his ex behind my back and had decided he wanted to revisit that relationship, it all works out for the best!