Friday, March 21, 2014

when all we can do is sigh

At the end the week, I breathe out. I sigh. It’s done, we’ve made it. And now it’s over.

I breathe a sigh of relief as I come to the end of this full week. But maybe you sigh for another reason. 

There’s something about sighing. We do it when we’re frustrated or happy, or even speechless. In a physiological sense, sighing is a reset button. It resets our respiratory system, and often brings a feeling of relief. But there’s a bit more to it, sighing affects our emotions as well.

In the Psalms David often shares his frustration to God over the injustices of life. He complains and he rants, but he always goes back to the reality of a situation-God sees him and knows him and offers help in times of need. David had his fare share of sighing. 

All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.      Psalm 38:6

David knew that God understood his sighs. When he had no words for his situation, God knew what he wanted to say.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
Romans 8:26

God gets it when we have no words. I find that thought comforting as I end this week. When all I can do sigh, the Spirit himself steps in and helps me with his own wordless sighs and groaning.

Whatever the situation is that we’re going through, he knows our sighing and he understands it. Even when we have no words. If all I can do is sigh, I can take comfort in the fact that sighing is enough. God can take the rest. 


  1. Love this post for so many reasons. Beautiful. It made me stop and sigh and inhale fresh air this Saturday morn. Thank you.

    1. Thank you- have a wonderful and blessed weekend!


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