Beach Fix

A cold, internal stone wall held him prisoner, but somehow, he was held captive at the same time he was set free.

Like everyone who grew up there, he loved the beach, so when it was darkest inside, that’s where he drove outside.

It’s an isolated stretch of beach where few venture, especially at night. No one was around for miles. Inside he felt in 360 degree direction, yet outside, the full moon was shining nature’s night bulb so bright you could see your shadow.

He sat on the bumper in the warm, humid, salty air. The sea, rich in smell and wet sand gave off its familiar odor. Roaring waves crashed upon breaking waves which eventually slid gently in a thin glass sheet to where land starts and ocean stops.

The beach blared nature’s symphony as a swift breeze blew by giving a constant muffling sound, like when you listen inside a seashell, yet it was coupled with the percussion of noisy waves, followed with an occasional call of a wandering Killdee.

There was freedom, peace and comfort there. The beach just does that somehow.  It’s a feeling that can’t really be explained, yet anyone who’s felt it instantly understands.

After watching waves dance by moonlight, tears exploded like a hand grenades and tears saltier than the ocean waves began to gush.  Since no one was around, he began to moan in deep, painful agony.

The more he cried, the more emotional hot lava erupted from his heart, in turn causing deeper groaning, which caused even more hurt to spew.  It was like a dam cracked, then broke and all the penned up, trapped water in a lake flooded everything down the line.

He looked at the moon in grief and shook his fist and asked, “Why, God, why!? God! Why!?”

No answer came, only moonlight, with the waves dancing, turning, twisting, singing the song of the beach.

His vision was blurry from streaming tears as he shook his fist now screaming at the top of his lungs, “I hate you God! I hate you! Why!? Why?! Why?”

Sometimes there’s no way to stand upright under the tremendous weight of a heart. He dropped to his knees in the powdery sand.  His clenched fists opened to cover his face with only his knees, feet and forehead touching the sandy soil.

He sobbed uncontrollably. Deep emotion began to escape as each crumbling stone of his heart’s prison wall tumbled down in expounding pain. His body quivered from his heart’s agony as his breaking heart took hegemony of his soul.

It’s the sort of catharsis that seldom hits the human heart, the kind that is extraordinary, unexpected. It’s the kind that becomes a cleansing flood sweeping away clutter and debris piled up in the corners and basement of the heart.

With no recollection of time, he curled up in the fetal position facing the ocean, rocking back and forth.

On one hand he says now he’s not really sure what happened that night, but even years later remembers it in exquisite detail.  Eventually the tears slowed to a trickle. He laid staring at the waves and moon until his internal consciousness began to rise from his pit.

He told me the same God he had just yelled hatred at somehow touched him in the deepest part of his soul that night.  He knew the psychological, physiological, philosophical and theological reasoning, but what happened inside him that night can’t be fully explained by any of those. It was purely relational.

There’s something about laying in the fetal position, completely broken and spent, that allows God to help us see much more than moonlight.  In fact, he said it was if God Himself was there covering him like a blanket, soothing him, telling him regardless of how he felt toward Him, He was right there beside him, all along the way.

He wasn’t sure how long he had laid there, but in that sand, he let it go. When he finally stood, he felt like he was in a thousand pieces, yet whole, broken, yet mended, weak, yet strong.

There was much I wanted ask this man, to understand, but what he shared was all he intended to share, and quite frankly, all he was going to. Any questions or comments would have been flatly rude, certainly not gratuitous after sharing something so deep and personal.

Even so I really wanted to know the cause of his heartache.  Maybe more importantly, how to keep the cause of that heartache from happening again, but he said the cause was irrelevant.

Only the fix was remembered. Only the fix was needed.  Only the fix mattered.

After pondering it a while, I think he’s right — the fix, and the Fix, is all that matters.


8 thoughts on “Beach Fix”

  1. And you have described his experience so poetically! Your description reads like powerful fiction… the makings of a chapter from a novel. You really have the heart of a writer and should pursue writing a work of fiction! Loved this. I know I have been quieter than usual… life has been hectic and I’ve been reading much on the fly. However, when it comes to your posts, Bro, I always wish to read them slowly and to savor the beautiful or witty words that I know I will find here! You knocked this one out of the ballpark… again. 🙂

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    1. Aw, Lynn, my little sister!! You are always so encouraging and positive! I love reading what you write because you speak life over and to people!! Thank you so much for your kindness and friendship!!

      I hope your hectic life slows a bit so you can enjoy the quiet along with the tidal waves! Peace to you, my sister!!!!


  2. Very powerful, heart-rending, relatable piece of writing. So moving! You have a real gift.
    I hate to admit it (after all, I’m the one who once thought she’d been called by God to write) and I know I shouldn’t compare, but I’m jealous—I wish I could write like this. Actually, lately, I wish I had any words to write, but so often, I come up blank. Probably not many people can relate to that… a curse of being an introvert, maybe.

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    1. First, thank you for your kind words Mia! You are always so supportive and encouraging! I treasure that!

      Second, you have shown a courage and determination to write a book. I so admire that! I lack the courage, and have only wished I could or would do so. Bravo to you, brave one!

      Third, you are called! You are gifted! You are uniquely formed to do what you are doing! I affirm that in you, my friend! Sit back in a dark room and get in touch with those INFJ feelings, understandings and pains that no one else hears or sees in you, but they are there! Find those deep emotions, Mia. By virtue of your personality, you feel things deeply and have a desire to change the world, to help make things better. Those emotions are far more powerful than the fear, frustration and feelings of inadequacy. Jump on them with your writing surf board. Let the emotions be your waves; the pen be your balance. We (INFJs) tend to come up with blanks during those moments of interpersonal conflict when we feel everything, but we bumble and stumble in our spoken words and can’t even begin to express what is felt so deeply in the heart. Maybe I’m way off base here Mia, but your writing isn’t talking. Your writing is your heart, your feelings, thoughts, that creative part of your inside that sometimes blows up like a volcano. Right now, it feels more like a deep well that you are dipping into with a long rope and getting half a teaspoon of water at once. You can do this book! Relax the pressure on yourself. You’re beating yourself up. Remember the emotion, Mia. Put your brain in idle and let the emotion flow to your pen. My twin Mia, you’ve got this!

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      1. Thank you, Jeff, for your kind and encouraging words. I think (hope) you know that I wasn’t giving you a compliment about your writing because I was fishing for a compliment or some kind of ego booster in return, but of course, your words have lifted me. Thank you also for the affirmation of my calling, but you must know that although I may have the determination, I fear I lack the courage, too, and therein lies the problem.
        You’re right, my writing isn’t talking and I definitely need to tap into the deeper wellspring of my thoughts and feelings, my heart, (faster than a teaspoonful at a time😉) and practice expressing those as words on the page, but it requires a lot of digging and it’s such a daunting process because that well’s been capped off for many years now.
        As I write this, I realize you’ve helped me discover the source of my lack of courage problem—fear of finding out what’s down there and having to expose it as the raw emotion people can relate to. It’s a scary thing to have to face those again…but I want to reach and help people through my writing and also please God by fulfilling my calling, so I must muster the courage somehow and be obedient. Besides, I want to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”😇
        Prayers always welcome! 🙏🏼☺️
        Thank you again, Jeff! Your insights are much appreciated.

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        1. Mia, the thought of “fishing” never crossed my mind. It’s not in you. May your heart overflow with peace and pen flow in blessings. And yes, my friend, prayers your way to the King of Kings.

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