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Thursday, October 31, 2013

a slow rain

dear child...

God does not say, today,

BE STRONG

he knows your strength is spent

he knows how long

the road has been

how weary you have grown

for he who walked the earthly roads

alone-

each bogging lowland, and each rugged hill-

can understand,

and so he says

BE STILL

AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD

the hour is late

and you must rest while

and you must wait

until life's empty reservoirs

FILL UP

as slow rain fills an empty upturned cup

hold up your cup

dear child

for God to fill

he only asks

today

that you be still

                                                          -Grace Noll Crowell


Saturday, October 12, 2013

lessons from the garden/jungle

this is me.

i'm sawing away with my new sharktooth saw...

on bamboo shoots that are 

OUT.OF.CONTROL.

i love gardening.

love love love it.

and i've planted a jungle, over the past two and a half years,

that has finally got the better of me.

now it's a case of no more planting.

rather-

walking around thoughtfully

with sharp little saw in hand-

wondering what gets chopped today!

***

makes me think of yet another

"lesson from the garden".

in the fertile soil of my yard, 

stuff grows.

in the fertile soil of my mind,

stuff grows.

sometimes too much stuff.

and i look at the wild jungle inside my head

and decide

that something has got to go.

sin is like that too...

it grows crazy wild in our hearts.

"sow a seed, reap a harvest."

and not only that...

 seeds sometimes just fall accidentally off the flowers

of innocent-looking plants-

(oh yes, how sweet they are! 

how pink! how yellow!

how delightfully, fragrantly green and abundant!)

and root themselves...

and before you know it, a harvest

of things you don't want or need!!

not to mention the enthusiastic tubers

of things like banana trees

and chinese ginger

and even- gasp-

the mulberry shoots- 

that burst through the soil in random places

and simply cannot be eradicated

unless one has, perhaps, 

a BULLDOZER???...

***

time to break out the new japanese sharktooth saw...

or in the case of my heart,

a few chapters of Proverbs.

uh-huh.