Tuesday, November 27, 2012

When Tears Come...

Sometimes the ache is so big you can hardly breathe.
Sometimes the sorrow feels so real you cannot separate it from your skin.
Sometimes the movement in your soul
violates the peace,
the joy,
the radiance
He longs to display
within all those broken pieces.

Like a warrior
you fight
Hard and strong,
Swift and sure,
Noble and steady
in your aim.

And then there are days,
seasons where
the emptiness is too great to carry,
and you hide away,
fragile from the touch of the world,
lost in a sea of faces,
even the beautiful ones that hold you so dear.

The anguish burns away your passion,
your dreams,
your destiny.

Nothing to hold close
Nothing to draw near
to your heart,
your hand,
your cheek.

And there you stay
for awhile,
as sorrow burns pupils
begging to be released
from the torrent of angst that rages inside.

Until rebelliously
one tear
finds its way
down the curve
of your downcast cheek
past the carefully constructed walls
your heart has long held high.

When tears come,
words fall.

When tears come,
prayers spill forth.

When tears come,
peace floods the abandoned corners,
filling every crook and crack,
lifting shame and condemnation from the shoulders of the weary,
splicing pride and comparison with the very sword of truth,
breathing life into marrow
and felicity into dry bones
where dreams seem lost
and promises seem all-but-about-to-come-true.

And there the still small Voice speaks
with groans that flout intelligence
with whispers that quiet the dissonance
with Light that defies the darkness...

May it be well with your soul, My child, 
right where you are,
right in this season,
right in this moment.

May it be well with your soul.

"Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: 'This is the right road. Walk down this road.'” 
~Isaiah 30:19-21 

Also linking up with these beautiful communities....
 Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday, Playdates with God,
 The Soli Deo Gloria party, and In, On, and Around Monday 

and with....
Jennifer, Mary Beth, Ann, Duane, and Heather
and the encouraging communities they have created here on the web.

also with Michelle and Emily at Imperfect Prose.

So thankful for places like these to share our words together...


Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. I popped over from Heather's blog... and this is stunningly, achingly beautiful. I so resonate with this. Thank you, for letting the words spill with the tears and the prayers.

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautiful and heartbreaking, Lindsey! Wish I could give you a big hug friend. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Annie Barnett said... Best Blogger Tips

Lindsey, there's not much I can say here... just that these words are vulnerable and beautiful. Love you, friend.

sarahannrogers said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful, friend. And so true. Thank you for sharing these words with us.

Kat Biggie said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a beautiful.

Laura Boggess said... Best Blogger Tips

Goosebumps, Lindsey. Healing is a process, isn't it? But through our good God we can arrive to that place--that place where we say all is well.

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Lindsey, firstly I am after you at Getting Down with Jesus, and secondly, when popping over I just knew by your surname, there is some South African flavour going on here. I live in Cape Town so its good to touch sides with someone who has connections here. Thirdly, I just loved your post. So heart-felt and so real. Beautiful. I would love for you to link it over at my bloghop too. You would bless me greatly to do so. Its Winsome Wednesday, and its up now at www.mydailywalkinhisgrace.blogspot.com. God bless, so good to have found you here, and look forward to seeing you over at my blog.


dukeslee said... Best Blogger Tips

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." ~ Julian of Norwich

Your words are vulnerable and gorgeous, Lindsey.

Jennifer Peterson said... Best Blogger Tips

so beautiul

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much, Jennifer!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much....gut-wrenching, Jesus-pulling ones for sure! P.S. Love the quote!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Tracy...thank you so much for everything, and I would be thrilled to come over and connect with your blog hop!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, thank you, Laura. It is indeed...sometimes one that seem to take FOR-E-VER...and yet...as you said...He is so faithful to bring us to that place of TRUE healing.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Kat. I appreciate your encouragement!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Sarah...learning as I go...I appreciate your words of encouragement!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

I love you too, friend! Thank you for always being a cheerleader in my corner!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so glad that you do...it seems like these words were just the beginning...tears kept coming all week after this...better be careful what I write!! hahahaha

Lisa notes... said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been reading Lamentations this week in my daily Bible reading. The same gut-honesty as you share here...

Mindy @ New Equus said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm always amazed when I'm finally able to cry how much else comes tumbling out. And then the refreshing begins! :)

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Lindsey, may you find peace and healing after and through the very tears that spill. This is fragile and lovely. I long to wipe the sorrow from your face. And I long for you to recover wholly from a season of despair. Blessings to you friend....and thank you for your gift. Your words are art.

Ms. Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

It is well with my soul... I so love that song and this poem was beautiful... Bless You Girl!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh...what a glorious compliment! Thank you...for your words, your kindness, your I-get-this!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

It IS crazy, right? It seems like last week was THE week of the cry...and FINALLY refreshing came...it just took a bit longer than my heart wanted! ;-)

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Elizabeth! Your encouragement is like water to my soul. You are precious to my heart! Thank you! My words-of-affirmation heart is filled to the brim.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Ms. Kat! You are THE ROCK STAR of encouragement! #AppreciateYouTONS

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