Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Back


sometimes we forget
in our lofty plans for art that moves
in our sketchy dreams of beauty
in our whiteboard plans for the coming season
sometimes we forget to find joy in the crisp, bending wind
to listen for the clattered rhythm of our waving branched fingers
to see purity in the blanketing frost foreshadowing a stable night
sometimes we forget to keep it simple
to trust in You
to fall back
away
from
our
own
fall
back
plans
and
lean
into
the
cradling
beauty of
Your wintry winds
and just . . . fall back.



"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9


"I am always amazed that when I give God a fraction of an inch of willingness to follow, God gives me miles of goodness and grace. When we talk about guidance, we must remember that we are not the center of the universe. Ultimately our wants are not top priority. While God cares for us and provides for us, we are called to be part of God's kingdom, fulfilling the role he created us to fill. God is not part of our lives; we are a part of God's. But in being part of God's life, we will be richly blessed and well cared for." Valerie Hess, Spiritual Disciplines Devotional


"To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. So is to trust that something will happen to us that is far beyond our imaginings. So, too, is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life, trusting that God moulds us according to God's love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, trusting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination, fantasy, or prediction. That, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control." Henri Nouwen

2 comments:

Sarah Koutz said...

Look at you and your creative genius. Love those pictures.

Brian Warrell said...

Sounds like Faith