It’s especially difficult for someone like me to be vulnerable. I’m way too sensitive for my own liking. The upside to my sensitivity is that I’m also really sensitive to other people and their feelings. Mushy mush, I know.
Do you have people you can be vulnerable with? Are you also a sensitive soul who has had little opportunity to bear her mind without judgment? I know this is something hard to find for some of us, especially the intuitive introverts.
Here’s my conclusion of the matter: be the safe house you wish you could go to. Be the safe space you wish you could have.
Depending on where you are on the scale of life’s experiences, you might have been bitten way too much already, hurt, and perhaps betrayed. This is not unusual; it’s life sometimes. My thought is, rather than look outward, be the solution. Love someone else, and consider them above yourself. Be her safe house so she wouldn’t have to go through what you have.
I like to believe that I’m that safe house where others can hide in peace if only for a while until the storms pass. It’s not an achievement, but it’s good character growth to become a steady rock when someone’s scary or crazy secret comes crashing in.
One day, I’m going to have physical spaces where people can find solace or shelter from the mostly emotional storms of life, but before that time, you have this blog, this space, and my listening ears if you wish.
Be a safe house; It’s a love-ly thing to do. And by that I mean, that it’s the kind of action love takes.
I know that it sometimes takes getting hit by a storm of your own to empathize with someone else’s pain, but with what little grace you have, you can offer grace to someone else. After all, we are all the broken that Christ Jesus came to redeem. Isn’t it cool that nobody ever felt too unholy to come to hang with Jesus?
Let’s be like Jesus our Lord, and be safe houses for someone else.
God’s grace be multiplied to you. Much much.