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

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

 

Laughter Might Just Be the Medicine You Need

Chagrin & Joy are the prompt words for the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at Ronovan Writes. Those are definitely a challenge, but I had fun with them as I remembered some things from the past. Don’t be surprised if laughter joins you as you read.  I had fun with them as I remembered some things from the past. Click To Tweet

The first thought I had was about something that happened to me while playing the keyboard in church nearly two years ago. It was embarrassing, but much grace and understanding was shown.

To read the full story, you can check out my guest post at Abby Norman’s place.

Hidden laughter because of a mistake

 

A Surprise in Church

 

Quiet time in church

Keyboard played a polka loud

First chagrin, then joy

 

This second haiku comes from a birthday party long ago. My friend stumbled as he brought the cake to the table. It almost slipped from his hands, but he was able to recover and set it gently down on the table.

 

 

The Cake was Saved

 

Stumbling, he fumbled

But stopped the cake from falling

Chagrin turned to joy

 

My final haiku comes from an incident with my daughter’s cat that is now our cat. She caught him in the bathroom unrolling the toilet paper and having a lot of fun doing it. Because it looked so funny, she took a video of it. Believe it or not this sweet looking cat in the picture below is the culprit.

 

Cat’s Joy

 

Cat was full of joy

Toilet paper rolled along

He felt no chagrin

 

I hope you enjoyed my fun haiku. Sometimes we need a good laugh, especially when life seems to overwhelm us. I’m thankful for the gift of laughter, which really is good medicine.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup, #ronovanwriteshaikuchallenge, #TeaAndWord, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #RaRaLinkup, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #HeartEncouragment, #TuneInThursday, #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus