The Unutterables

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo Da Vinci

Lately, I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. Often, I have felt the stirring, like my heart was ready to pour. But, like an empty storm, I was all thunder and no rain. I could find no words.

And that’s the way life is sometimes, isn’t it? The experience of living can often leave us with emotions so strong that we simply walk around with a lump in our throats, unable to identify or communicate what we are feeling. We want to fly but our feet are stuck firmly in earth.

It is a humbling thing to realize that, even in this, in our most basic need of human expression, we are unable to provide for ourselves.  We need God. And, once again, he comes to our rescue in the most amazing way.

This verse from Romans 8:26 stuns me every time I read it:

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God himself praying for me? The Spirit interceding on my behalf? This is grace. And I have tasted it before. God doing for me what I cannot do for myself, proving that in my weakness he is strong.

It is a comfort knowing that the One who sees the deep places inside me, who understands the unutterable longings of my heart, is praying for me as he leads me on the journey home.

So I will keep looking skyward and consider it a blessing when the words won’t come. Because that is when I can hear him whisper, “It’s alright”.

Enjoy this song by Brandon Heath. I hope it will encourage you as it has me.

7 thoughts on “The Unutterables

  1. Oh I how I can relate to this. So many times there are words on the tip of my tongue but my fingers can’t seem to find the way write them on the canvas.

  2. This is so wonderful, Angel. You expressed exactly what I’ve been going through for months now. The words are in my heart, but I can’t utter them on the page, or sometimes even out of my mouth. I love that verse, and you made it come to life for me.

  3. Dear Angel,
    Your words so touched me tonight. I’m walking around with a heart full of emotions, a lump in my throat, and all the wrong ways to express them.
    Thank you for reminding me that the Spirit Himself will intercede for me. Sometimes I feel like I pray prayers that are right Scripturally but not from my heart.
    I can go to bed with peace tonight, knowing the Spirit knows exactly what to pray for me and my family.

  4. I think you have caught those seasons of our lives in the best words possible…I was nodding as I was reading. Thanks for taking some of my own feelings and putting them into words.

    I saw Brandon Health in concert a couple of months back…we enjoyed him.

    Blessings to you

  5. it’s in these times ~ He is using to draw us to HIM. We can only share if we are filled and overflowing. I know what you mean, words can’t be typed at the present time for me also.

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