Thursday, September 13, 2012

Trying to Make Sense of It All...



 These flowers are blooming beside the road.
Jesus said: "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:27



The dandelion beams, quite unabashed
Beneath the sprawling arches of the oak
The spruce and pine retain their common sash
Midst the flamboyant flare of autumn’s cloak
Nature; canvas of quiet miracles
Expounds life lessons in meek, wordless truth
It illustrates in petal-parables
A message fitted for senior or youth
A paradigm of wisdom is revealed
As we consider lilies of the field

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We cannot spin the unknown on a wheel
And weave its filament to our thought
The threads we hold pass through a Higher Will
Though we may pull and strain against the knot
The human nature; it resists, rebels
A covetous and restless, striving throng
Whilst on the eve the song of sparrow swells
In praise to He who fills its mouth with song
We ought to raise our gifted threads to Him
Content to let His finger shape and trim

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The Artist paints; His master-piece appears
Gradually; not in one afternoon
The acorn sprouts; it does not count the years
Before it reaches to the low-flung moon
And we, well we seem prone to boast or fret
Not at all like the lily of the field
It simply blooms while quickly we forget
And turn again to folly’s temporal yield
Who can explain His reason or His rhyme?
The answer to so many things, is Time

© Janet Martin

I have one child who is certain God forgot to give him/her a ‘special gift/talent’. Our reassurances/reminders otherwise will not persuade, so I tried to remind this one that not all things/gifts are revealed to us immediately. Realizations and master-pieces take time…
Sometimes waiting is a great Refiner. Being content with who God created us to be; THAT in itself is a great gift!

...and sometimes one can't see the forest for the trees!:)




1 comment:

  1. So very true Janet...
    Which piece of poetry to praise
    How many comments to leave!!
    Reading and enjoying your poems so very much...

    You are so good ...amazing!!!

    I especially appreciated and "felt" the poem about Words

    It soothes me to read your new poems everyday and i esp. look for you... :) almost a ritual now in a way...

    Love , peace , renewal, sustenance and joy!!

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