i don't know you, not really
and you don't know me
but i do know something about you
you were born to run
it's woven into your veins, as innate as breathing
"the fight or flight instinct", science teachers tell us
our reaction to stress or fear
and sometimes, you're just too tired to fight
so you take flight
you run and run and just want to keep running, trying to escape the echoes in your head
and you're gasping, not knowing where to go, just knowing that you've got to run, got to get away
stay, darling, stay
when it all feels like too much
and you can't see two feet in front of you
and everything is closing in
i know i know i know it's hard
and you don't want to fight anymore
because what's the point? it never gets better, so what's the point? what else is there to do?
because let me tell you a secret
you're not going to be stuck here forever. you're not trapped in the dark forever. light breaks through, night turns to day, and that string pulled tight around your lungs breaks and you can finally breathe.
but how can you feel the warmth of the light on your skin if you don't stay?
stay, because there is hope. stay, because there is joy. stay, because there is healing.
stay, because the number of people who love you far surpasses anything you would probably even imagine. stay, because there are sunsets that you still haven't seen and music you still haven't listened to and adventures you still haven't had. stay, because you have so many more things to do. so many people to meet. stay for those dreams still curled up inside you. stories to write, places to go, things to create. stay, because even when everything feels like it's falling apart, you have a heavenly Father who loves you more than you are physically capable of comprehending and wants nothing more than to gather you in His arms, who has so many plans for you. Who has a future for you. Who created all of the stars and constellations and oceans and rivers and skies, and still knows the number of hairs on your head, because you are His, and He calls you His child.
stay, darling, stay.
hey friends! I am so honored that my dear friend Grace Anne said yes to participate in Suicide Prevention Week! Grace Anne blogs over at Totally Graced and everything she writes is AMAZING!!! So go check her out, and don't forget to give her lots of love in the comments below!