There’s not much more I can say to this, except to say, this is so very true. A deceased pastor friend of mine, who lost his wife of many years, once said, “I don’t want to get over it, I just want to learn how to handle it.” Grief is never easy, and it never totally leaves you. Just when you think you’ve moved beyond the pain, it can wash over you like a cold, hard rain. Time never really heals the wounds, it just helps to allow you the ability to breathe one more time…
It’s a deep, dark tunnel
I am forced to walk through to funnel.
The scars are deep, those it requires.
The voices are strong, never tiring in the mire.
The path is paved with the broken and the destroyed.
Their demise is how I must fill the void.
Learn from their mistakes. Don’t make it twice.
Turn away from my heart’s wicked, wicked vice.
It’s scary. It’s sad. It’s simply a lie.
Yet, there’s a light guaranteed on the other side.
There is a promise, a hope, a future.
If I can just find the strength and energy to endure.
We’re not here long, and this is simply a test.
If I can just keep my sight focused on Him and not the rest.
I will find all the peace and belonging I hope for.
All I must do is just open the door.
The path is loneliness.
The destination is depression.
Those who don’t struggle never quite understand the battle.
Those who battle without hope can never see beyond the rattle.
Those who find Hope, find a new tomorrow.
This is a Hope that doesn’t just have to be borrowed.
This is the Only One who gives true Hope and Life.
He is the answer. Will you let Him take away your strife?
He can help you. He came here just for you.
He longs to hold you, to heal you,to love you through and through.
All you have to do is see, believe and trust.
All you have to do is say His name, and your hope will never rust.
Penned – MG – 12/16/15
Have you ever watched a toddler hold tightly to his broken toy while crying that it’s broken, or a young child who covers her cut, refusing to let you clean and bandage it for fear of the pain?
I think we, as adults, can fall into this tendency with God as well. How often do we hold tightly to our broken dreams, our shattered emotions, our cracked ambitions, foolishly believing that somehow we can fix them on our own? How many times do we avoid His presence when our hearts are scarred from the pain, and we simply keep our tears hidden, somehow, convinced He can’t really heal the wounds?
He is simply waiting there for us. He is as close as a whisper. All we have to do is call on Him, and He will be there. All we have to do is believe. All we have to do is let go.
He is faithful. He is kind and merciful. He is full of love, and that love is for each of us. When we let go of the brokenness and the pain, that’s when we begin to grow.
Will all our problems go away immediately when He shows up? Not necessarily. We are humans living in a humanistic world; we haven’t reached heaven yet. However, when He shows up, our perspective begins to change. Our eyes will see more. Our ears will hear more clearly, and our hearts will be free to heal. Our dreams will begin to grow again.
Why? …because when He shows up, we have HOPE.
Try it. Let go today and begin to grow.