Friday, January 20, 2012

and you arise (a five minute post)

This week, I'm joining Lisa-Jo over at The Gypsy Mama to write, free and clear, for just five minutes. It's about letting loose, no editing or frantically rewriting... just enjoying the words and the truth that lives in them. Join us, and let your words fly free, too?

This week it's on: vivid.

I learned about hearts this week. I learned about the road dusty with hard, long questions and what it is like to set off on it without being sure if anyone will come with you. Without being sure if the answer sitting at that horizon line is the one you want or the one you're expecting or just the one that is there. And I learned what it's like to sit in your car, radio blaring, in a parking lot paralyzed by the realization of what your words build, what hope beats inside your ribcage.

This is what I know: you arise. You cry your eyes out, harder and more furious than the rain hurricaning your windshield. You exhale. You repeat, maybe once or twice. But you arise. You wake up, the next minute or day or ten days, and you hear it, echoing from the window and the open door - that this, too, is a part of the great work going on inside you.

This, even when you feel most like throwing a glass at the wall or driving all night, is the great work, the work that sadnesses and hard brave things build. This is the world that begins when you let your heart beat wildly and you live the one wild life and it is vivid in front of you.

I lie in bed this morning and the world is in technicolor and the light flashes off the snow and I know: there is nothing, in the end, that is not part of this great work. There is nothing, in the end, that will not sputter and spark and catch flame. There is nothing, in the end, that does not carry a piece of the promise.



  1. He uses it all to reveal Himself, grow us big for the Kingdom doesn't he? And I imagine that your challenged where you live with truth and finding it in the midst of fog sometimes. Enjoyed meeting you through five minute friday. Blessings!

  2. Thank you, Shelly. He does reveal Himself and grow us big for the Kingdom (I like that phrase!). I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Thank you for visiting!

  3. Whoa. Seriously wow. I just got goosebumps :D Great post!

  4. I love the images in your post.  And yes, life is so amazingly, many-coloredly real, isn't it?

  5. What a powerful call to live in the vivid moments of this life He calls us to. Thank you.

  6. Thank you, Alyssa! It means so much to me that you stopped by. Blessings on your weekend!

  7. Thank you, Amy. Life is so amazingly real. It's real in all of it, the good and the hard. I hope we can just keep soaking it up together. Thank you for coming and spending time here. Blessings on your weekend.

  8. Thank you for stopping by, Caroline. And yes, let's live the vivid moments together!

  9. Hilary,
    I was so pleased to be directed to your blog by Lisa Jo.  I have been reading your posts since she told me of you, and I have greatly appreciated your incredible honesty, your pieces of poetry, and your amusing, yet reverent approach to life and the Lord.  Thank you for vulnerably sharing your heart and soul.  I look forward to keeping up with you and learning from you!
    In Christ alone,

  10. Janae - it is such a pleasure to have you here in this space! I'm so glad that you came by. I'm looking forward to journeying with you in the midst of these greater journeys with Him. Peace and grace to you this weekend. 


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