When Ugly is Simply Overpowering

What happens when there is no beautiful?

When that unrelenting pain masks it in a sludge of ugly.  When the sight of spring sunshine isn’t enough to stir a heart pinned down by waves of overpowering torment…

What happen when simply breathing hurts?  When the rise and fall of your rib-cage can’t mask the nagging terror in your chest, or hide the lump of sorrow in your gut, or dismiss the fingers of tension crawling up your spine and lodging in your neck, those  familiar but uninvited guests?

What if this day has left you orphaned by choice, widowed by whim, drawn and quartered by betrayal?

What then?

Where is faith on a day like that?  Where is God when the sky is empty?  Where is this promised beautiful when the ugly is simply overpowering?

This is where the rubber meets the road.  This is where the choice is made – do I allow the ugly to destroy me, or do I seek the beautiful with my dying breath – with all the passion of a pent-up, bruised, and battered soul?

This is when you cling to Psalm 69.  This is when you choose to remember that you are written on God’s palms.  This is when you decide to live, when all you want to do is crawl into a hole and let this slow, methodical hemorrhage bleed you dry and finally put you out of your endless misery.

This is when you remind yourself that your will to live, your drive to seek the abundant life in the mist of such hopelessness, is an entity slowly standing to its feet within you, drawing you ever onward toward the desire for more.  It takes your breath away in its unexpected holiness.  It is a gift of your Creator, on whose hands you are engraved.

And you realize that – it is something beautiful.

12 comments on “When Ugly is Simply Overpowering

  1. petroneagu says:

    If you don’t mind, my dear Melody, I would love to enlist the muses on my blog list as well 🙂

  2. petroneagu says:

    If you don’t mind, my dear Melody, I would love to enlist the muses in my blog list as well 🙂

    • melodylowes says:

      You’re so cute. Why would I mind, my friend? 🙂

    • melodylowes says:

      I see you are going to start a WordPress account, too! I am finding it a lot more complicated than Blogger, not nearly so simple to use, but I like how my new blog works. Plus I have melodylowes.com site for myself, which is very cool! Let me know how it goes when you set things up.

      • petroneagu says:

        To be honest I only started to use it when I first tried to post a comment on your blog and I haven’t thought about it since then, only because I don’t have much time. I’ll give it a thorough look one day. So far it does seem a lot more complicated than Blogger but then again maybe it’s my conservatory personality 🙂
        Are you self hosting this blog? I could use that feature.

      • melodylowes says:

        I bought the domain name for $17/year. I wanted the domain to be able to launch my book and have an author site eventually. To me it is well worth the money to have the name registered.

      • petroneagu says:

        Yes, it’s true, $17 a year is not much at all. I’ll think about it for future. Thanks for the info 🙂

  3. petroneagu says:

    I hope you are not feeling sick, physically or emotionally. Judging by the post something might have happened in your heart 😦
    Most of the time my life is tough and full of ugly, inside and outside my soul, but I fight with it every second of my time with my daughter’s support and my faith in God. If I manage to keep myself focused on the good things that surround me, I see beauty everywhere 🙂

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