Poem: Don’t You Think That God

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Don’t you think that God

Strips and scatters the leaves,

Brown and withered,

From winter’s tree

So the inner tree can rest–

Awaiting with anticipation the coming buds of spring?

Through winds and weather,

The LORD God takes away

Any unnecessary hindrance,

Leaving the tree

Only bare bark and limbs.

From the outside,

It looks wasteful.

Maybe even heartless and murderous.

Because the tree was ready to stay green

In that place,

Forever. . .

But it wasn’t meant to be.

Its barren arms, arching to the sky,

Once luxuruiously covered in sleek foilage,

Is now a reminder to those passing by

Of the seasons in life.

And God’s ultimate plan.

You see, He has a better vision

For the tree–

For you, for me–

Spring will come. . .the new leaf will unfold. . .

The flower will gloriously bloom,

Again.

(Copyright @ Sislyn Stewart, 2012)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “As far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8-9, 11 NASB

I’m so glad I can trust in my Heavenly Father to know what’s best for me. . . I just have to trust in His vision, His plan. Do you feel the same?

Lookin’ up,

Sislyn

Things to Ponder From the Other Side of the Hill. . .

My husband and I mark 32 years of marriage this week, and I’ve turned 52 years old. A benchmark week. (Thinking back, I really should have split the celebratory spirit up a bit better instead of having the “Big Two” occur in the same week. Couldn’t do anything about the birthday but really shoulda done something different about that wedding date. . . )

Not to be morbid, I also realize it will probably be the half-century in which I go home to heaven. Anyway, in arriving at this age I’ve found out some things about myself:

  • God seems to have more to say to me now than He did when I was younger. I think I’d let myself get too distracted by work pressures, the raising of children, trying to please everyone on my list, etc. that I didn’t always focus enough on what the Holy Spirit had to say at certain times. That “still small voice” many times got lost in the hub-bub. Now I want to know and closely follow His leading. . I want to be obedient. . . I don’t want to make a wrong turn.. .  And I really, REALLY don’t want to embarrass Him!
  • Ministry is less about what you do on Sunday and more about investing in people. If you can be kind and engaged with a person whom the Lord has put in your path, then do so. As much as possible, I’ve learned that ministry can be messy, because people are messy. Not everything fits into a nice neat box, especially when it concerns dirty, smelly sheep. (Of which I am DEFINITELY one. . .!) Learn to love people and make THEM your priority.
  • God’s best plans involve what you are called to do. I’m not speaking of dedicating your life to full-time ministry, although some people only think of a “calling” in this way. I’m speaking of God’s whisper to your heart, an inate bent God has put inside of you. It doesn’t even have to be technically “spiritual,” just sanctified. . . something He gave you which He can multiply many-fold, like the fishes and loaves, through which He be glorified. It may be something you’ve enjoyed for a while, or something you discover later in life. Whatever God has called you to do, you will find He’s already working out the details to use it for His Kingdom. (Romans 8:28, Ps. 37:4)

There are different seasons of life, surely as autumn’s leaves fall. We must understand where God requires our focus at that time of our lives, and do it to His glory. I have a house of twenty-somethings who are learning to spread their wings and fly, so I naturally have more time to write than someone with a house of little ones, or with a spouse/elderly parent who requires round-the-clock care. I’m learning to go with the flow, and not beat myself up for things I think I should’ve done better in the past. Now my goal is to simply be where He wants me to be. . .and living fully in that moment.

May our Lord Jesus receive all the glory!

Lookin’ up,