Two Girls on a Bench

Two Girls on a Bench

The leaves are crashing down and up again
while sunlight beats the burnished grass’s blades.
Two girls adventure, smiling now and then,
while crunching streams of fallen leaves. They would
be free to pause in summer’s soft embrace,
but bitter cold will soon descend un-stalled.
The warmth of time won’t stay within a place –
the gentle day will soon be dead and mauled.
Right now, the girls enjoy their laughing fun,
delaying time’s progressing, ticking tock
by lying backs against a bench. Then one
careening leaf invades their eyes with shock.
The day is lost. It raced away obscene.
In lieu of slow respite, it passed routine.

Writing poetry is like playing a game. Each word is a puzzle piece that must be discovered. Do you like to deconstruct the poetic puzzle? Or would you rather read for the words alone?

If you’re looking to read great poetry, take a look at the Psalms!

“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Psalm 16:5-11

Cozy fall evenings are a great time to read! Even if poetry isn’t your thing, grab a cup of tea and your favorite book and savor a few moments. 🙂

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Perspectives

All of us go through seasons in our relationship with the Lord. There are times when we feel as though Jesus is sitting in a chair right next to us and holding our hand. Other times it feels as though there is a massive wall between us and God. I would love to FEEL God holding my hand for every moment of my life, but I don’t.

These changeable feelings are often a result of life circumstances, distractions, and our own human hearts. But just because we don’t feel God, doesn’t mean He isn’t there. And it doesn’t necessarily mean we are doing something wrong.

God’s goal in shaping our lives is to make us more like Him. Sometimes this means He must help us learn to stand strong in the hard times. 

Think of it this way: a math teacher can’t give a student the answer, or even take the pencil from the student and show them how to do the problem every time. At some point, the teacher has to let the student try to do the problem themselves, or they will never learn how to do it. 

God is infinitely better than any human teacher. He has to let us learn so we can grow, but He would never leave us on our own.

I imagine Him secretly watching from just behind, His hands twisting behind His back as He tries to keep Himself from swooping in and saving the day. Now, that’s probably not theologically correct, but it’s a picture that I think can help us to understand God’s heart for His children. 

If you are going through a silent time, and you feel like God has never been farther away, remember this. He loves you. He cares for you. He is never too busy. He will never leave you. Keep your perspective focused on Him.

“When you don’t feel anything, God may be closer to you than ever before.” ~ Billy Graham