Star & Bloom are the haiku prompt words for the weekly haiku challenge at Ronovan Writes. My first thought was of the sun, one of the stars of the universe. It is very hot and bright. No one could survive if we lived too close to it. The naked eye cannot behold it without being damaged or blinded. Yet without it we would die. The earth would be too cold. It’s pretty amazing that God put the earth in just the right place to enjoy the benefits of the sun.
Star of the Daytime
Star of the daytime
Sun blooms with a brilliance to
Blind the naked eye
For the second haiku my thoughts were drawn at first to a dancer. Maybe she has worked hard all her life and finally is able to perform in her dream role. Taking that thought I broadened it to life itself. I picture how life might be if we don’t allow people or things to keep us from following our dreams.
Follow Your Dream
Following her dream
With untold joy she dances
A star in full bloom
Restrictions and Letting Go
When we are growing up oftentimes there are a lot of restrictions placed on our lives. Some of them are good and are needed to protect us, but there comes a time when parents need to let go.
We teach our children the best we can, but we can’t always make decisions for them. As they grow into adulthood we need to gradually give them the reins. We have to be careful that we don’t place our dreams on them with expectations they may not want to meet.
On the other hand, we still need to be available for advice or just to listen when they need to talk. They may go in a different direction than we want, but we still need to love and encourage them. Sometimes we can actually hinder if we push too much in one way or another.
I believe the best thing I do for my kids is pray for them, asking God to watch over and guide. Things don’t always seem to go the way we wish they would, but we can still trust God to work in our lives and those of our children. Sometimes our lives are even better than we imagined.
Bloom Right Where You Are
For my third haiku I was inspired by a rainbow and the thought that we can be shining stars right where we are. We just need to be ourselves and use what we have. No fancy equipment is needed.
Be a shining star
Like a rainbow in the sky
Bloom right where you are
We Can All Become Stars
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure,
“children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
as you hold firmly to the word of life.
(Philippians 2:14-16 NIV)
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