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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: The Tree and Me--Destined from Above
By Verna Cole Mitchell
06/05/11


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A saplingís destined to become a tree
As roots grow deep inside a dark terrain.
Iíll dare to be what God has planned for me.

He has no sense of possibility
That wind and rain will enter his domain.
A saplingís destined to become a tree.

It matters not how fierce the storms might be,
My growing strength and fortitude are plain.
Iíll dare to be what God has planned for me.

He lacks the scope and vision to foresee
The breadth and beauty that he might attain.
A saplingís destined to become a tree.

With limbs festooned with leaves, he finally
With lofty height and majesty will reign.
Iíll dare to be what God has planned for me.

Like him, I will fulfill my destiny
The way that God did long ago ordain.
A saplingís destined to become a tree.
Iíll dare to be what God has planned for me.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/11
This is beautiful and the perfect graduation gift as he will treasure it forever.
Sarah Elisabeth 06/12/11
Amen! Hope this was read for the graduation celebration
Colin Swann06/13/11
I'm sure he will grow straight and tall with grandparents like yourselves.
I wish someone would write a nice poem about me LOL!
Edmond Ng 06/15/11
A short poem that tells so much. Your poem reminds me of two verses:

What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:4 NAS)

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.' (Jeremiah 29:11 NAS)

May everyone of us be able live out this principle as we say, "I'll dare to be what God has planned for me."

Ann Grover06/15/11
I enjoyed the repetition in the stanzas. Reminded me a little bit of "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, about God's hand in creation and destinies.
Rachel Phelps06/15/11
Really lovely thoughts and so appropriate for a graduation! Well done.
diana kay06/16/11
i love the rhythm of this it is almost processional and so fits with a graduation (if they are anything like the ones in the UK that is).
I was slightly thrown by the 4th? stanza/verse where you turn to 3rd person and write about 'he' and i thought for a moment you were talking of God but of course the words did not then make sense.