A Beautiful World Marred but Restoration Is Coming

The prompt words for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are Beautiful & Curse. Thinking about the prompt brought to mind Adam and Eve. God had placed them in a garden filled with beautiful plants and luscious fruit. But because they disobeyed him all was lost and a curse was pronounced. Click To Tweet
You can read the whole story of creation and the fall of man in Genesis 1-3. 
These thoughts influenced my haiku, which in a small way reflect how things went from beauty to a curse.

Beautiful but marred

Woods are full of brambles and weeds

 

Beautiful but Marred

 

Beautiful Garden

Man and woman disobeyed

God pronounced a curse

 

Because of the curse

Mankind suffered toil and pain

Beauty became marred

 

Not the End of the Story

 

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus came, took upon himself the curse, then conquered death by his resurrection. He is now in heaven interceding with the Father on our behalf and will one day return to make all things new. At that time everything will be beautiful again. Click To Tweet

 

Curse has Lost its Hold

 

Jesus took the curse

Suffered, died and came alive

Beauty still remains

 

Jesus will return

In beauty and with power

Curse has lost its hold

 

Beautiful Reality When Christ Returns

 

At this point in time complete beauty is not restored. We still struggle with things. The world is still marred, but we have glimpses of beauty all around us. We all have beauty, because God created us in his image. Click To Tweet If we look hard enough we will see the loveliness even in little things. 

 

Beautiful creation

photo from one of my walks. gaylswright.com

 

The beautiful things in this world will not compare with the glorious restoration that is to come.

(Romans 8:18-21 Phillips)

 

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope.

And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

 

I’m linking up with:  #DanceWithJesus#FaithonFire, #MomentsofHope

 

Adventures Await us on our Journey of Life

It has been awhile since I participated, but Kat Myrman has continued her weekly Twittering Tales. She provides a photo and we write a story or poem with 140 characters or less. These are great fun and sometimes very challenging. You are welcome to check it out and join in. I have three stories, each slightly different, but all involve life adventures for the characters. You can use your own imagination to fill in the details for each story. Click To Tweet

 

No Turning Back

No turning back now
We said our goodbyes and left
Never to return

Oh, how they pleaded
The danger will be too great
Our minds were made up
(133 characters)

 

Adventures Await

This is the photo prompt as found on Kat’s website.

 

A Sad Departure

The lights of the town faded as we pulled farther away.
The fire had destroyed everything. With tears in our eyes we drove into the unknown.
(140 characters)

 

A New Adventure

Everyone cheered and wished us well. Leaving the city
behind us, we headed out for the adventure of a lifetime! What secrets would we find?
(139 characters)

 

 

Life is Full of Adventures

 

We may not be facing a big move or a trip to a remote village or an extended stay away from home, but there is adventure on this journey of life. There is often a mixture of joy and pain, excitement, disappointment, peace, anxiety, and I could go on.

Maybe you are in a difficult time right now, and you don’t know where the road will lead. You need to know you are not alone. Because life is full of surprises, we need to walk alongside each other and look for ways to help. We were not meant to live in isolation but in community.

 

 

Whatever adventure we find as we travel through our daily lives, we need to remember that God is with us, and he knows the way. He sometimes works behind the scenes, but to us it may seem he has deserted us.Even if we don't sense his Presence, we can still cry out in our pain. Click To Tweet

(Psalm 36:5-9)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!

People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

 

I‘m linking up with these sites: Kat Myrman, #TellHisStory, #InspireMeMonday, #CoffeeForYourHeart, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday

Resurrection of Jesus Means Hope Will Never Die

The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest events in history, but the few days before it were filled with sadness and pain. Empty is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. I thought of the emptiness the disciples must have felt when Jesus died. Click To Tweet His mother, Mary, would have been crushed as she saw him hanging there. But I like to think she knew the prophecies and held onto the hope He would rise again.

 

Resurrection Hope

 

There was darkness all around. People began to lose hope, because they thought Jesus was going to come with power to overthrow their oppressors.

People began to lose hope. Click To Tweet 

But His power was in His willingness to take the sins of the world upon his own shoulders, break sin’s hold upon us and conquer death by His resurrection.

As I pondered these thoughts I wrote the following poem during my five minutes of free write.

 

An Empty Tomb

 

Empty were their hearts

As hope seemed to be dying

Jesus breathed his last

 

Empty and afraid

Hiding in an upper room

His disciples cried

 

Empty was the tomb

On that first day of the week

Where was his body

 

Mary knelt and cried

Someone gently spoke her name

She gasped! It was He

 

Jesus had risen

Hope was very much alive

Praise His holy name

 

 

I’m linking up with: Marvia’s Holy Week Reflections, #FiveMinuteFriday, #FreshMarketFriday, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup

 

Wonder & Spy: A Haiku Challenge

The words for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge this week are Wonder & Spy. Sunday, I took a walk around our property wondering what I might find to photograph. When I saw the prompt words, I knew they would go perfectly with writing haiku using my photos.

 

Strawberry blossoms and even some tiny green strawberries

 

I walk and wonder

What will my eyes spy today

Blossoms fresh and new

 

Some of our blueberry blossoms survived the recent cold snap.

 

As I continued my walk I found some surprises. I saw pansies that survived the winter hidden under weeds. That’s not all I found when weeds were pulled away. 

 

I love pansies. These almost look velvety

 

Garden under weeds

I wondered what was hidden

Then spied herbs and kale

 

Parsley, sage, oregano, thyme and kale…

 

With wonder I spy

Leafy vines climbing a tree

Yikes! Poison ivy

 

Pretty sure this is poison ivy and not Virginia Creeper.

 

The Beauty and Wonder of Creation

 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder when we take time to slow down and savor the richness. 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder... Click To Tweet

 

Our God gave us all this to enjoy and to reveal a part of who He is. When I walk I am more aware of the beauty of God’s creation. Sometimes I pray while walking alone. As the sun begins to set, and gentle breezes blow, I am refreshed. I pray that you, too, will find a way to be refreshed today.

 

Woods behind our house.

 

Check out Ronovan Writes to find more haiku and add your own if you like.

I’m linking up with: #RaRaLinkup, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday