Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Broken

It's Friday.  Where hundreds of writers come together every week over at the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker's blog to spend five minutes writing about one thing.  One word.  No hyper-editing.  No getting in your own way.  Just writing, flat out.  Won't you join us?

Today's prompt:  Broken

I thought I could mend myself.  I would stop chasing the wrong boy.  I would watch my mouth.  The dripping sarcasm and the cussing and the cutting words.  

Maybe some prozac would help that deep aching, the longing for something I couldn't even explain.  Couldn't grasp it.  So deep.

Little did I realize a pill may be able to trick my brain but it couldn't fill my heart.  Was there a medicine for that?  If there was, I was determined to find it.

I tried so hard to be better.  I cleaned my house until it was sparkling clean and you could literally eat off our kitchen floor.

Why was I so tired all the time?  I could barely drag myself out of bed.  Was there a pill that would help me sleep at night?

I longed to feel complete.  I had to fix it.  That pain.  What was it?  

It suddenly hit me one day.  I was standing at the kitchen sink scrubbing a bowl with scalding hot water and the caked on mess just wouldn't come off.  I scrubbed harder.  The stain resisted.

I would never be good enough.  I felt as though I was standing at the edge of a cliff and as I looked out ever the horizon, trying to discern the faintest hint of the sun, I couldn't see anything.  A moving skyline shifting in an opaque haze, my eyes tried to focus on something, anything, but fog was too obscuring.

Closing my eyes, I fell forward.  I didn't know what would happen next.  But as my body relaxed, I felt hands close in around me, lifting me up.  I opened my eyes to see a beautiful sunrise, colors bursting into life all around me.  No, I was not broken anymore.  I was His.

Five Minute Friday


  1. Beautifully written, love this image completely. Such a great realization and surrender.

    Thanks for sharing


    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

  2. Powerfully beautiful!!! Praise GOD! For whatever reason I'm unable to access Lisa-Jo's website. I think the server is down. I came here to see if you had your post up. I love how GOD uses each of us. Thank you for allowing GOD to use you.

    1. Kimberly, thank you so much for stopping by my blog again this week. This community has meant so much to me. It is so encouraging.

    2. For me too, Abigail. Happy Weekend!

  3. Beautiful words! I was in a depression for awhile myself after my divorce. It was so hard. But I learned to lean completely on Christ. My experiences led me straight to Him. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of Christ's saving love!

    1. Ashley, thank you so much for stopping here. And praise God for redeeming you from your dark days! He is King.