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Topic: Hum (06/06/13)
TITLE: The Woods
By Sally Stap
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-- How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Habakkak 1:2 (NLT)
Life is overwhelming as its path stretches beyond my horizon with its ups and downs, twists and turns. It’s exhausting. I take one step at a time and analogies start surfacing. One mile, two miles, or even more sound daunting but are achievable if I just take one step at a time. Life is lived one step at a time, one obstacle at a time, and only by one day at a time. We can’t cross a path until we reach it.
-- Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
Slowly, the woods quiet my soul. My steps become steadier and calmer. Pine needles rustle underfoot and a butterfly flutters by. I start to hone in on the beauty of the green and brown vastness of the sun dappled woods. I breathe in life and out problems. My pace slows. I start seeing nature instead of only a brown path before me.
Fallen brown trees have had their last say by feeding this year’s vibrant forest. Sinking into the ground as newness reaches to the sky. Butterflies find little yellow flowers that are scattered throughout green foliage. Noisy mind quieted by the woods. Green, brown. Last year’s foliage swallowed by this year’s life. Last year’s trials consumed by this year’s living.
-- Be still, and know that I am God! Psalms 46:10 (NLT)
I stop and rest for a while on a log. I sip water and breathe while looking at the shades of green in the woods. A meadow within view has waving grass contrasting with a solid, unmoving blue sky that strives to be seen. Purple flowers line the edges of the meadow as forest gives way to openness.
Moving once again, I come across a tree on the path. An obstacle that can be stepped over, one branch at a time. Under one branch and over another, each finding its own unique answer. Each branch in life, each option is evaluated, overcome. Eventually reaching a clear path stretching into the future.
-- This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
My steps are now comfortable, rhythmic, calming. I pass a bed of pine needles. Bed because it could be. A bed because to some it is a comforting, soft refuge from life in the forest. I find myself humming.
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