Won’t you come
& sweep up my heart
again, Lord? Your smile
begs my attention while
the world says my name,
Julia, Julia, julia. The frustration
grips me and I wonder what my place is
again. I yearn to stay in this quiet place
with you where I can be calm, maybe
laugh again, and I won’t lie and say I
don’t long for the company of a friend,
where a hug can embrace my frame. But
you’re in room and I can’t
I like this prompt. Though I totally thought I’d go a different way with it. Ask Jesus what my place is. Where I belong. Because it is confusing lately, this tension of wanting to where I belong with the world and where I belong with Jesus. The world is so loud and HEYY LOOK. LOOK. HELLO, did you hear me, I said look! (And books, though they can’t speak like a person, will make you look for a very long time. As in whether you should buy it. But it isn’t dire right now.)
while Jesus is quiet, more tender. Stay with me. But Jesus, I.. I know. Stay with me. Can’t I fix it? Stay with me. I don’t understand what is happening. My insides feel like I may burn up with joy for reasons I don’t know. Stay with me. Ughh this makes me so sad and why does it feel like no cares, but you do. Stay with me. Why are all my relationships hard right now but I feel so close to you? Stay with me. Jesus. I want that intimacy. Stay with me. Stay with me. I feel like I’m losing. Stay with me. Did you really answer my prayer? Stay with me. What about me? Stay with me. Wait and see. I love you.
Its hard to stay in that peace when the world can so easily lure me away. And then I lose my focus and feel like it’s my duty to keep everything going, under control. But it’s not. It never will be. But I want to stay at his feet. In his word. The pull has never been stronger this year. Or maybe it’s my eagerness too. But this is where I’m finding most of my delight. Maybe all lately. And even though we’re a little more than half way through the year, I can’t wait to see what more surprises he has up his sleeve.
Keep my eyes fixed on you, Jesus, the author and initator of my faith.