The “You” Nobody Knows: Lost, Scared, Alone Forever?

on November 7, 2011 | in Life in General | by

“Grow up,” they told you– and so you did.

You grew and you grew until

one day you were paying your own bills and

doing your own laundry and

making your own way.

You grew and you grew

and you grew

but still you had the strange sensation that

you were still a child

living in a grown person’s body–




pretending to have it all together

all of the time.

* * *

Until one day–


comes a voice,

“You were never meant to navigate

this ocean-of-a-world on your own.”

And the moment you hear it

in your ears and in your heart

you know that it is true.

And slowly, peacefully

comes the sense you’re being rocked

softly, tenderly,

in the arms of one who cares.

You close your eyes

and finally,

there is rest.


you are known.

You are safe.

You are loved.


It’s this moment that you’ve been missing for an eternity

and yet have never been missing at all.

* * *


says the voice,

“When was the last time you allowed me to hold you?”

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[Image by zanzibar]

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  • Kat

    I really love this! It speaks to me

    • therese

      I’m glad… isn’t it funny how it seems like you always find things right when you need them?

  • I don’t know what to say other than I absolutely love this! I so needed to read this.

    I think so many times I get caught up in where am I going, what are we doing, asking God, “Where am I going?” freaking out about the implications of my decision, instead of coming to him with all my fears and resting in his arms. I think he’s more concerned with being with me than I realize.

    Love. Love. Love!

    • therese

      “I think he’s more concerned with being with me than I realize.” <-- Beautiful, Kristen-- and right on. Something to remind ourselves of every day :)

  • Katie

    Wow! This is absolutely breath taking! It just hits you right now to your core. I love the line “you were never meant to navigate this ocean of a world on your own. So true, too many people grow up dealing with, seeing with, living with things that a child just shouldnt have too. But poems like these I believe provide hope. Help people to healing. Understanding that at some point you can get to healing, holding etc. thanks for sharing! :)

    • Katie


    • therese

      Thanks Katie… the child within all of us needs to be held! (Wow, that was corny…)

      • Katie

        but totally understandable :)

  • This is so beautiful – and just what I needed to read right at this moment. Thank you.

    • therese

      Aw… thank you, Ginny. <3 <3

  • Douglas Humphries

    I think I needed this. Thank you.

  • Liz Flores

    Awesome post. Asking for help is so often looked down upon and I struggle alot with it since I dont want to seem incompetent or unable. How do you know when it’s the right time to ask for help so your not constantly naviagting alone?

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