The learning took days that turned to weeks, then months and years, but finally – today, when our world entire imploded and consumed itself in hot flame, this whole inexplicable scenario, of you and me and the unstoppable freight train we both awoke upon, riding to someplace we could not identify and would not have chosen were we able to choose such things – the clarity came in abundance.
What you desired I couldn’t begin to guess, but certainly it was much more than I gave you. I had to wake to the reality that I had no more of myself to give in order to lift you up, and were I able to do that – to carry you each day, to be so strong that no one ever saw you weak, to be aware for you when you were too weary and distracted to engage that wise soul of yours – I would have done all of this for you and more. I would have shielded you from worldy disappointment and pain and the ache of losing, and God knows I tried. It took me so long, too long, but I finally ran dry the finite well allowing me to think I was capable of outlandish acheivements, and now I think that I was striving, not out of love, but out of a tainted desire to be All in All. I tried to be God for you, cheating you of the real thing. Now I’m done playing God, for both our sakes; I’m done playing God.
Though I sense from hours away the discomfort you experience in His hands, it does not change the truth that His hands are far safer than my own. He is God. So be still, dear one, be still.
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I REALLY enjoyed this. I also shared it on Twitter. Great post.
Thanks so much for the kind words and the share!
I absolutely love this!!! Amazing way you have with words!
Happy new year to you and yours, by the way!! 😉
I’m thankful it spoke to you. Happy New Year!
Beautifully put Legionwriter!
You had to go and make me cry …
Sorry bout that. 🙂
Thanks so much!
This is beautiful. I doubt there is a single one of us who hasn’t attempted to fill the infinite and unassailable shoes of God at one time or another. We make a few good decisions, do a few things “right,” and all of sudden we’ve gone and figured everything and everyone out. Sometimes I do the opposite — make my husband my Savior; this proves equally disastrous as my trying to be His. You said it perfectly. We are safe in His hands.
So glad to know there are those who identify with this. Realizing that I was putting myself in God’s place allowed me to make some difficult decisions recently. Blessings on you.
I am officially blown away….
Blowing away The Hook: that IS an achievement.
Luke, One of your finest moments! You lifted me up and the ground is nowhere to be seen. In my dreams could I write like, in my dreams!
Oh Lotta, you’re always so kind.
A very powerful goodbye indeed. Painful, yet freeing. Wish you well, my friend.
Thanks so much, Ms. Gray. God bless
I really enjoyed this piece. Simple, but powerful and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing your gift.
You’re welcome, and thanks to you as well. 🙂
Dude. So much went into this. Very emotional, raw, and pure.
Thanks so much buddy. I’ll email you the backstory on this.
Really powerful writing. I loved this so much!
Thanks dear. Glad it spoke to you.