Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wedged in the Middle

When the whole picture starts to overwhelm,
when the largeness of tragedy, both communal and personal,
seeks to infiltrate every crevice where hope tries to hide,
when nothing looks right and all feels wrong,
how can I cling to the knowledge and fervent belief that
God is good?
I wedge myself in the middle 
of all the things that are rich,
all the things that are right,
all the things that bring comfort and joy
to a soul that is weary.
I surround myself with beauty
and lift my hands in praise
to a God who is a Creator of a world
that has beauty tucked in so many,
so many corners.

I stop looking at the big picture
and I see individual hearts that long
to seek,
to serve,
to love.
I abandon the fixation with fixing the world's problems
and instead I become mesmerized by a God whose
grace is ever so perfect,
that is ever so enough,
that is ever so freely given.

Wedged in the middle,
surrounded by beauty,
receiving in the surrender, 
a soul that is 
extraordinary refreshed,
with life,
with abundance,
with love
so that I might be able to wedge
someone else in the middle
who is weary and in need
of His lavish refreshment.

Linking with the lovely Emily at Imperfect Prose


13 comments :

  1. Oh Jen....this is beautiful! How wonderful that we can wedge ourselves in the middle of His love.

    m.b.

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  2. Very nice poem! I like that. It is a joy to read it.

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  3. Wedged in the middle is the only safe place to be. Thanks for sharing - beautiful.

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  4. Truly beautiful, Jen. I want to stay wedged in the middle of God's grace, mercy and unending love.

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  5. Very beautiful. I ask myself that question sometimes too--God is good? And go looking for the answer and always find it a resounding yes.

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  6. Oh, so beautiful Jen... I want to be wedged in the middle :) Blessings!!

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  7. Reminds me of the verse: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Phil 4:8
    Great post, my friend!

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  8. Oh, I love this, Jen! Securely wedged in the middle...love that image.

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  9. This is exquisite! I love your words securely wedged in the middle as well! Wouldn't that make a great ending line in a letter? God is good. No matter what. I will not move. I remain. Wedged in the middle.

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  10. dear friend, how i needed this today. thank you for the reminder to surround myself with beauty...

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  11. Receiving in surrender...receiving is a common theme for me today. Your words paint a beautiful picture!

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  12. visiting from emily and i'm so glad i did.. my own linked post was kind of about this, and yet yours is like the answer to my own question of "enough." this is such a gorgeous post and gentle reminder.

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