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

 

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

 

Enough To Satisfy: How Much Does it Take

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes without editing, using a one word prompt. I must confess that I often catch myself editing as I go. It’s also hard to stick within a five minute time limit, but I do my best. This week’s prompt is the word enough.

 
Enough

 

As I was thinking about the prompt, the following statement popped into my mind. Enough is as good as a feast. ~Mary Poppins Click To Tweet

What do you think that means? I have a feeling that it might have a little bit to do with being content with what we have.

 

Lovely table set by a friend.

 

Did you get enough to eat? There’s plenty more. Don’t go away hungry!

Those words were said by my mother and her mother before her when they served a meal. They wanted to make sure everyone had enough. Usually there was so much that we couldn’t eat another bite, and they still insisted that we were welcome to more. I do appreciate their gifts of hospitality.

Often we take for granted the things we have and end up wanting more. Click To Tweet

We think if only we had a new outfit, or if only my house was clean, or if only I could have one more hour in the day, etc., then I wouldn’t want any more. The trouble is when we think like that we will never be satisfied. We could always wish for more and never think there is enough.

 

View from my front porch one recent evening.

 

How Do We Find Contentment?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think giving thanks for what we have would be a good start.

I think how content we are has a lot to do with whether or not we can be satisfied. Click To Tweet

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our Father knows what we need. He said in Matthew 6:33:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In scripture we see many examples where Jesus provides what is needed. His first miracle was turning water into wine, not just any wine, but the best.

Jesus Provides Enough

Another example is when there were over 5,000 people gathered who were hungry. The only food they could find were a few small loaves and some fish. Jesus blessed them, and there was not only food to go around but plenty left over. You can read this story in John 6.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12 NIV) (emphasis added)

What do you think? How can we tell when we have enough?

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #InspireMeMonday, #Glimpses, #MomentsofHope

 

Springtime Poetry: Here’s A Peek into My Creative Process

Earlier this week I decided to play around with words using the online Magnetic Nature Poetry Kit. It went pretty well at first, but then I couldn’t seem to find the right words. I wanted to write about springtime but also about how each day is new. Finally, since it was late I copied what I had into a document and shut down my computer. Click To Tweet

Then, the next day I tried writing my own words but kept getting.stuck.The words would not come. Later, a friend reminded me that I could put words together in the magnetic kit to make new words. So I decided to try that. It worked pretty well at first. In fact I even went to all the trouble to copy it and overlay it on a photo. Actually, I tried a couple of different photos and filters so it took quite awhile. Click To Tweet

springtime

This is one of the photos I experimented with

In the meantime I went back to the partial poem I had saved. Then I finished it up using my own words, not worrying about whether or not I could form them with the kit.

Which One is Best?

Even though I had done all the work to put the magnetic poem on a photo, I wasn’t satisfied. It didn’t flow as well as I would have liked, and some of the words just didn’t feel right. I would like to share both here to give you a chance to pick which one you like the most. Click To TweetThe first will be from the magnetic kit where words are limited. You can see where I had to combine words to get one to fit. The second one only partially used words from the kit. All the stanzas in both poems begin with the same line. Also each stanza is a haiku.

Springtime Poem #1

Fingers of light stretch
As dawn comes to a moist earth
Spring is beautiful

Flower blossoms thrive
Beneath the bright warm sunshine
Fresh breezes rustle

Forest trees give shade
Sweet bird songs between the boughs
Make my spirit soar

Poem # 1

Springtime Poem #2

Fingers of light stretch
While morning dew soaks the earth
I wake up refreshed

Flower blossoms thrive
Beneath the golden sun rays
Gentle breezes blow

Forest trees give shade
As sweet bird songs fill the air
My heart beats with joy

springtime

Poem #2

I asked my husband which he liked best. So we compared them stanza by stanza. He liked the first two best in poem # 2, but the last stanzas of each he liked equally. I tended to agree with him.

I'm glad God gives us the ability to create. Click To Tweet Even when things don’t turn out like we want, there is so much we can learn from the process. God can take our failures and use them for good in our lives.There is always hope. Click To Tweet

No matter which poem you choose, I hope you are encouraged to enjoy the beauty in each day no matter what the season. May you find joy in even the small things.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the poems and about your own creative processes. Feel free to share in the comments section. 

 

I’m linking up with #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #TeaAndWord, #porchstories, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday, #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus, #Glimpses, #MomentsofHope