Archive | August 2010

Equipping Others

Today

My son and I went shopping.

On Friday,

He will be flying away

For his third year of college.

Just like every time

I send him on his way,

I have mixed feelings.

Don’t get me wrong.

I want our three to succeed.

To fly on their own.

However,

With the joy and anticipation

Comes the sadness.

Life is changing.

My day-to-day adventures

Will be different

As each one takes flight.

While I love to fly off

On my own adventures,

It’s always nice to return

Home.

But home is changing.

That’s what happens to parents…

We do our job well (or not)

And the objects of

All that time and energy

Fly off on their own.

As tough as it can be,

It’s exciting to think that,

All these years,

I have been equipping others

To fly high.

To fly free.

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, ESV).

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Unbearable Weight

From time to time,

There are things

That weigh me down.

But one of the most

Difficult to lay aside

Is sorrow.

Sadness is a liquid emotion.

It permeates

My entire being.

It’s an anchor

That keeps me from flying.

A ten ton anvil

Sitting on my chest.

I can’t simply

Shake it off.

I commend all

Who have learned

To surrender

Their heaviest burdens

And keep flying.

In order to reach out

And help others,

I must look up.

I must relinquish

The unbearable weight.

I must keep flying

No matter what.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV).

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New Heights

My perspective can change

In a matter of seconds.

When thinking what to entitle

This post,

I found myself looking at

The mountain that looms ahead

And

The slalom course I must

Learn to navigate.

And then I realized something.

I am not where

I used to be.

If I’d faced these challenges

Not that long ago,

I would have handled them differently,

Poorly even.

I enjoy the exhileration

Of flying high

Because everything is great.

However,

It really is even more exciting

To discover

I am being called to new heights

To gain a clearer perspective

On what seem like

Insurmountable obstacles.

I must say,

Even now,

The view is spectacular.

God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6, ESV).

Making Headway

What a week this has been!

I flew at such dizzying heights

It seemed surreal.

And then,

All the air was sucked

From my surroundings.

And

I plummeted to the earth.

Thud!

My mouth actually dropped open.

Wounded,

I stood slowly to my feet.

I began to make plans…

How can I get airborne again?

How can I lift others with me?

In the past,

I would have wanted to take

Immediate action.

That wasn’t possible.

And that’s a good thing.

I committed my plan

To the One with perfect vision.

I thought I knew what He wanted,

But I am slowly realizing

It’s not going to be as easy

As I’d thought.

I’ve had this feeling before…

The pounding of my heart.

The butterflies in my stomach

That felt more like helicopters.

The knowing

That the best course of action

Lay before me,

But I’d prefer the easier one.

And now,

Knowing what I must do,

I have the added challenge

Of waiting.

Timing, they say, is everything.

While I wait,

I will seek to make headway

In all areas.

I will seek to fly,

But not according to my plans,

According to His.

To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:2-7, ESV).

Broken Wings

I didn’t know

It was possible

To fly

With broken wings.

But apparently,

It is.

To those who

Fly courageously

With a deep desire

Not to slow down

The flock,

My admiration.

Please know

I am aware of your pain

And will do whatever I can

To support you.

However,

I, too,

Am an injured flyer.

So,

To the One

Who can bring peace

And restoration,

I pray.

May He heal You

And bring His flock together,

Healed and whole.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27, ESV).

Abundant Thanks

As I was journalling last night,

I stumbled across

An assuring truth.

I’ve spent the last four days

In a lovely, wooded community,

Free to spend hour after hour

Writing.

There were no other responsibilities beckoning.

What a treat!

Talk about soaring.

I was concerned that I would

Find it difficult to return

To “the real world”.

As so often happens,

It all worked itself out

As I put my concerns

Into words.

Here,

I have found the focus

I need.

This holiday

Has been a gift.

Truly,

My day-to-day life

Overflows with gifts.

My home.

My family.

My friends.

My job.

My writing.

My newest adventure.

And that list

Only scratches the surface.

I now understand

How easy it would be

To abandon reality

To chase a dream

That is nothing more than vapour.

I also understand why God requires

A thankful heart.

It changes everything

When our But Whys?

Become

Abundant Thanks!

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:4-5, ESV).

Missing My Dad

This week

I’m enjoying

Flyers of all kinds…

Butterflies.

Dragonflies.

Hummingbirds.

Chickadees.

Goldfinches.

And the list goes on.

As a child growing up

In the country,

I was bored senseless.

But now,

Watching the birds

And

Listening to hundreds of crickets

Is absolutely incredible.

It makes me miss my dad.

He enjoyed nature so much.

He would have loved

The baby chipmunk

And the countless birds

I saw today.

It makes me thankful

For many things.

Among them…

The gifts of sight and hearing.

A dear friend

Who opened her home to me.

A father who loved creation.

And

A Heavenly Father

Who brought it all together.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, ESV).