Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

I find myself at a loss lately of what to write.  The rainy season is definitely upon us, and as spring wrestles with winter for authority, I find myself envying those members of the animal kingdom who hibernate!  The light is starting to come back, but I still wake to a heavy cloak of darkness and feel its weight keeping me from getting out of bed.  

After the last big storm a few weeks ago, where ice covered the branches of the trees and caused them to bend low, we've had quite a bit of clean up to do in the yard.  We've had to climb up and cut down....now branches are strewn all across my front yard because there is no room for them in the yard waste this week.  In all this, may I say that I do not particularly like yard work.

Life is like this sometimes, isn't it?  Not really fun, but stuck in an in-between season, where a lot of work needs to be done or much energy exerted.  I wrote the following "prayer" the other day for just such a season.  Maybe it will speak the words of your soul too.



This is the difficult season
Where rain pours
And mud abounds
Gone is any sure footing
Only the slip and slide of slick mud

We trudge along
Getting stuck in the viscous earth
A footstep sinks deep in the sludge
And boot remains stuck 
Making movement impossible

This is the difficult season
Where rain pours
And mud abounds
Gone is the snowy blanket
Uncovering an ugly, monotonous brown

It is bleak and bitterly cold
Even the birds know the weather is unfriendly
But it is the time to do the hard work
Of digging, getting dirty, planting in faith
What will not grow until a new term

This is the difficult season
Where rain pours
And mud abounds
Gone are illusions of heroics
The only trophies are muddy footprints left on the floor

Help us, Lord
During this bout of mud-walking life
To seek what we already have
Looking past all the muck and debris
To a wildly faithful Creator
Who brings forth new life from the mud


Ahh...I think I'll go spend some time in the garden!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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