When broken anger rages in your heart –
when empty pain presses on your soul –
when bitter shame surges through your mind –
then (and every other “when”) you must stop and breathe and listen, because God is there, quietly and firmly cradling both the universe and you.
In the overwhelming flood of fear and the tangled web of worry there is (indeed) a cleansing drop of grace resting on a delicate strand of love, if only you will look carefully and listen closely.
Do you see? Can you hear? It is saying this:
“Hush, child. No murmurs now. Listen for a moment ( or ten or a thousand) in silence. Listen to My voice – the whisper of truth, the breath of love, the wind of peace. Be still and know. Behold and believe.
Believe that I designed you, then knit you together in the depths of love. Believe that I formed you from the source of life, then brought you into being. Believe that you are meant to be.
I have heard your cries for help. I have rescued you from the pit. I have redeemed you for new life.
I Am. I Am your healer. I Am your savior. I Am your rock. I Am your refuge. I Am your supply. I Am.
I Am the Lord your God. I Am your Abba, Father. There is none other. I alone Am the creator and sustainer of all the exists. Of you.
If you seek to follow other gods, you will be disappointed and discouraged – they are not me.
If you strive to live for yourself, you will be empty and alone – you are not me.
I generously offer undeserved grace within unmeasured love – you may have all of Me.
I jealously desire an undivided heart within a humbled soul – I do want all of you.
When I look at you, I am silenced. I am moved beyond expression. I am amazed and filled with wonder.
I spun the sun. I spoke the moon. I placed the stars. I breathed the universe. And it is good. Indeed it is.
But you – you – are a wonder to me. You are my child. My beloved. My own. More breathtaking than all of creation.
Feel my holy embrace. Trust my joyful presence. Taste my whispered love. Drink my gentle grace. Hear my sacred voice. And believe these words I speak:
You take my breath away.”
Did you hear? Did you taste? Did you see? Do you know? All is changed for one who believes that you take God’s breath away.
Copyright Crystal Kirgiss 2013