Sunday, December 20, 2009

On the Eve of the New Year...

My life has seen many changes. I have had a roller coaster of a ride when it comes to romantic relationships, and I will now end the year single. I feel lost in terms of, well, everything. I wonder if I have even followed God's will in the past two years. I have no way of knowing if I have done "the right thing". It is hard to believe at times, like today, that I have purpose. Why am I in Texas? What was the purpose in that? I thought God had brought me together with a certain person and had firmly believed it was the person I was to marry, only to see that dashed to pieces before me. I made a wonderful new friend in the process, and was unsure if it was to be more, causing more confusion, and have finally decided I must not proceed further than friendship with him at present because I still need to heal and draw closer to Christ. To use a visual, it is as if I sit admist the scattered pieces of what WAS my life in the past year, and have no idea how to put them back together again into a whole. There is uncertainty with my employment for the coming year, but that is not what concerns me so much.
One thing that has always bothered me deeply from time to time is an overwhelming sense of not "fitting" anywhere. I can hang out with friends but then after feel like I was on the "outside" somehow, not really belonging. It leaves me feeling so sad and lonely. It was like that all through college as well. It is has also saddened me and left me feeling without purpose that I went to school for music and graduated, and since then, I have had decreasing opportunities to use the gift of my voice for the Church. I hardly sing anymore, and so it is also painful to listen to my senior recital CD from college and feel like I cannot sing as well as that anymore. That I am losing that gift little by little because I have no solid place to use it, and I do not have money for continual voice lessons. Even if I did, I would wonder what the purpose in taking them would be, if I have no place to really use my voice.
So this advent, I have turned more to Jesus, and do the thing that is hardest for me: I wait on him. I don't know what he wants from me. I don't know if there is something more I am supposed to be doing for him. I end up wishing things had turned out differently this year than they are right now. The way things have gone has left me feeling like I am floundering and just plain tired of not knowing what direction I am going in. I have forsaken my own desires to find the man I am supposed to spend my life with to hopefully witness the rebirth of a friendship between the two who mean alot to me and used to be good friends.
It creates a burden on my heart that is hard to explain, but seeing their friendship will mean more than any relationship. I think what makes the burden hard... is because I spent 3-4 years learning how to be content by myself, and with Christ. And then I understand my vocation to marriage through someone brought into my life, only to have it taken away, and yet still have to live in the place where I reminded of it every day. And yet I have to return to how it was before, to my time with just Christ and myself.
As I grow older, I do find myself understanding this world more and more as a vale of tears, and desire the coming of Christ, to wipe away all sadness, and live with him forever in joy and peace, for he is the only one who can fill my heart, comfort it, and wipe away my tears. It is a sadness, and yet also a joy, to envision resting in his arms and with our mother Mary, knowing that they understand the aches of my heart and the troubles of my soul.

3 comments:

drpgparker said...

Kimberly,

God must have something in store for you that is many times better than you can imagine. I, too have gone through ups and downs in my career and personal life as a church musician. Like you, I am also single and facing employment challeges at this time. I have much faith that our situations will improve greatly in the coming year. Sometimes, things get torn down so that a better, stronger foundation can be built.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and New year!
Trish

John R said...

Kimberly,

I think having a strong parish community coupled with a strong liturgical life (which will give you opportunities) is worth considering. You know I just made an indirect suggestion that you come back to NJ for Mater Ecclesiae, right? Fr. P would welcome you with open arms, and maybe we could twist some minds for you to have a woman's schola.

Seriously, though, I don't think God intends for anyone to be alone. Singleness is a vocation (not necessarily yours, but even singles are, or should be, part of a community. As a man living alone without a community for two years, I was very miserable and my spiritual life suffered greatly. Not saying that this is your experience, but you may want to consider these things as you discern His will.

John

By the way, in discerning His will further, the relocation to New England is not happening for us.

Kimberly said...

John,

Trust me, I hear you about moving back to PA/NJ, it does not leave the back of my mind. I hope for it to happen someday. I am not as alone here as I was in Chicago, but the turn of events in the past year has been well, hard to take. I have another six months here since I signed the next lease, but I believe my roommate (who is a good friend, which helps) will be getting married at the end of that. So we shall see what God brings in June. I am tired just at the thought of uprooting myself again after only a year though. I wish I could settle somewhere. That is the one thing I don't like to keep changing. But who knows, seeing everything that has happened in the past six months, God could bring ANYTHING in the NEXT six months. Thank You for your prayers.
By the way, I would be interested to know what happened with the planned move to New England?