March 19, 2010

scratch

"without love, life is rock 'n' roll without a drummer."

you know this place, you've been here before...it's called scratch. it's on the intersection of possibility and the corner of nowhere. the tricky part is that there are no street signs telling you which street you are choosing, and the only choice is to turn.

this place goes by many names...starting from scratch, making a fresh start, making a clean break, etc. what's amazing is that people can go in all kinds of different directions, do all kinds of different things...get a degree, get married, write books...and all end up at this ever-so-familiar place known as scratch.

why do we pursue love so strongly? why can we have everything we've worked so hard for...the career we've always wanted, a great salary, amazing friendships...but feel so empty, so void, so missing without love? how can we have found love at one time or another and been so happy and elated and then find ourselves here again at scratch? and why when a relationship is over and the ties are broken do we claim it wasn't really love?

for the hopeless romantics out there, that's really all there is...hope. Hope that this time when you go around the same, old route and make all the usual turns that somehow you will find the detour that doesn't lead you to scratch. that this drive leads into an ending, or rather a continuation, instead of a fresh, clean beginning like all the others.

so it's time to walk away from scratch and begin to hope.

"trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." proverbs 3:5-6

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