On Keening From the Crucible

On Keening From the Crucible by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comSometimes all you can do is wail.

When the fires burn hottest, when you have no words …

When you feel so numb and jumbled that you cannot find release, and all that comes up is a weeping, a wailing, a guttural keening before the Lord … 

It’s okay.

It’s okay.

Again, I said, it’s okay.

Let it out.

Because there’s something deeper in you than your mind. It’s called your spirit, and your spirit is the Real You. And when it’s hurting, it hurts badly. It hurts deeply. And there are no words to describe this kind of spirit-pain.

There’s only a wailing, a keening, a vomiting of emotion out to God through moanings and groanings that cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:22-27 tells us:

Start-quoteFor we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (emphasis mine).

So it’s okay, beloved. If you’re hurting, let it out. Daddy knows. He hears. And somehow, your keening speaks His language.

Have you ever been in a place where all you could do was keen and wail before God? I have. If you have too, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Tameeka Brundidge says:

    For a longtime this was me, even though it will always be times like these. I went through a seven year storm but that was a learning time for me. I wailed but God (Holy Spirit) comforted me, as promised. My hope in Jesus has kept me pressing forward. Experiencing His love, like no other is what keeps me. My love for Him just because of who He is, that’s my hope. Sweet redemption through the blood of Jesus. I’m in love. I can go on and on but the Light shining through me can only show how much I truly love the Lord, more than my words can. I thank the Lord for giving you a servant’s heart and a passion for His people. Your postings bring encouragement that refreshes me. I thank God for using you and be encouraged that you are fruitful in Jesus name.

    1. Tameeka, thank you for sharing. I am so glad Daddy God has brought you through. He’s giving you a beautiful testimony and I feel like He wants me to tell you: you are blooming. 🙂
      Thank you for your encouraging words, too. They really mean a lot.

  2. It has been 12 years since I learned of my husband’s infidelity and then 2 years of walking through life like a zombie. Every day the pain was so great I could hardly breathe. I had two children to take care of, no job, hadn’t worked full time in years. What hurt so mightily was the rejection. I still hurt over this but not nearly so acutely and constant. I am only now getting to a place where I might be able to forgive.

    1. Lyn, I am so, so terribly sorry you have been through that. I pray Daddy God would give you grace and strength to forgive, and that He would comfort you and your family today.

  3. Rebecca Jones says:

    Oh, Lord. That was me. On one occasion, I was so glad I was alone. I had never cried like that before, ( hope I don’t have to again ) I know it was a release. It brings to mind so many verses. They will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10

    1. Yowzers. That’s a powerful Scripture. I hope you don’t have to cry like that again too, but I was the same way recently when I was going through an awful storm and all I could do was keen before the Lord… it released something painful. Before, I couldn’t formulate a cohesive thought or even a prayer. But after that, words and prayers flowed out and I was able to leave my pain at the feet of Jesus. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for comforting us.
      I hope you are doing well today!

      1. Rebecca Jones says:

        Thank you for your reply, I enjoy reading your post and hearing from you as well. My situation had to do with grief, I never would have thought that, you can grieve and it not be death. It was more like Nehemiah 8:10. So do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength. I hope that helps someone, perhaps Jennifer in Germany, He has your tears in a bottle. Psalm 56:8

  4. This is so me this week. I have never cried more in my life as we moved to Germany and everything just seems to be going wrong. So hard not to turn back and hard to understand what God is doing.

    1. Jennifer, I’m so sorry. I have been praying for you. I pray that our Daddy God would put the pieces together for you in your new home and comfort you. And bring you into contact with people who will be able to do life together with you there. I will keep praying for you.

  5. I read A SACRED SORROW BY Michael Card what a good resource about the sacred calling of lament I recommend it to all and I will probably read it again and Psalm 56:8 is comforting though I sometimes think those who collect my tears petition for the Lord to make me stop lol

  6. I wailed and keened when my son passed in 2014, I am still hurting. My son was 48 , I did everything and prayed that I knew to do but God took him anyway.

    1. Hi, sweetheart. I’m so sorry for your loss. Death and sickness and things like that are not from the Lord; they are only effects of this sinful world we live in. Father’s heart hurts over it just as much as yours does, but He does want to comfort you and help you through. So, I pray that the God of all comfort would comfort you now, and I rebuke the spirit of trauma off of you in Jesus’ name. Father, heal my sister’s heart. I pluck every arrow out of her heart that the enemy has sown into her and I break them and throw them them to the ground, useless and of no effect. Father, I plead the blood of Jesus over my sister’s heart. Let healing come right now so deeply that there will be no pain left–only happy memories. Thank You, Abba. In Jesus’ name.

  7. Annanson John says:

    WOW, so that was it, amazing Grace! I would burst out with wailing and crying that sometimes embarrasses me, the humiliation, the rejection, the mockery, the reproach etc. It was a cocktail of pain and demeaning life, I am grateful that I can put a proper perspective on all of it.

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