You Just Can’t Tell

September 24th, 2008

See this Picture? I was at a quarry the other day just as the sun was coming up and I saw this scene and it hit me how our lives are like that quarry wall. I was struck by how the layers of rocks run at angles stretching towards the surface and yet the surface seems to run counter, or defiant to what lies beneath.  There is power, strength, weakness and faults that lie just beneath the fertile surface of the earth.  There are trees and grass that grow on top, beautiful scenery that exists for us to see but we just don’t know the layers and angles of the things that have occurred in the lives of others.

The things we allow people to see of ourselves often is much different than what lies beneath the surface, no?  We struggle at sharing those things with others in ways that will be understanding for them and us just like Geologists struggle and search for an understanding of what lies below.  We often don’t even want to share of ourselves or delve into others for a wide variety of reasons, most of which has to do with becoming vulnerable as we show exactly what our make up is and where our faults lie.

But just like this picture, when we reveal ourselves, isn’t it beautiful?  Doesn’t it cause a wonder and amazement that there is such beauty on top and beneath such a contrast?  Maybe it’s just me, but I see such a conflict here and such a beautiful depiction of how our lives are.  I’d be willing to bet that the men who work that quarry rarely see the beauty in those walls anymore.  But bring someone new into your life, enter the lives of others anew, and maybe that beauty, always there, will be revealed in a new and special way.

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3 Responses

  1. anonymous Says:

    My insides are erupting. I don’t know how long I can hide it. The beauty is slowly being overcome by my weaknesses. I need help.

  2. D Says:

    OK, you’ve taken a huge step. It’s never easy to say those words “I need help.” I never could say those for many years because I believed that no one could help even if I said them. Whatever you are going through, it’s got to be tough. Maybe understanding is the only aid I can offer. Maybe it’s OK to be hurting for now although is certainly doesn’t feel like it. Sounds to me like whatever you are dealing with has been with you for some time. But rest assured when I tell you that you’re beauty, or the beauty you see around you, or the beauty of life itself, never goes away. You were created unique and are the only one that will ever be just as you are and that has a beauty which can never be taken away by circumstances. We choose to not see the beauty any more but thats a choice we make. Problems and life circumstances rob us of the pleasure of seeing beauty for exactly what it is.
    The darkness gets pretty dark. Its not just a state of darkness like walking down a sidewalk with a street light here and there. Thats not dark. Dark is blackness. And I know that feeling and sensation. It’s not fun and the feeling of being alone is overwhelming. But you are not. Let me know how you are. It’s been a few days since you wrote, and I hope you see this.

  3. Jerry Says:

    Your comment response is encouraging but unfortunately there is no beauty in me only inkey blackness and sin that I cannot escape. I need help. I don’t know where to start.

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