Musings, Poetry

All at Once

The other day, latent intermittent snowflakes dallied down upon the spring-green lawn. Last fall’s crumpled leaves lay along the graying fence, and the promise of summer sunshine glowed behind the shadows.

Viewing the seasons all at once happens only in certain places. Such a moment of colliding conditions is a fact of living here.

It is also a fact of living. Only God could create this great all-at-once view of my own colliding conditions.

Last fall’s crumpled leaves that lie along my graying fence are best palm-rubbed to their veins and used as a drab confetti for a private victory.

Latent intermittent snowflakes dally down on still-sleeping seeds that know it is too early to open up and remain sealed come what may.

Upon Spring’s green grass, frost may fight the dew.

But, not far away, there it is.

That promised summer sunshine glowing behind the shadows.

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: April 20, 2013

Mark 4:39 NKJV

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.


Isaiah 30:15 NIV

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,    

in quietness and trust is your strength,    

but you would have none of it.


On Thursday, my middle son’s indoor softball game was cancelled due to a blizzard. As he sobbed his disappointment into my shoulder, I silently expressed gratitude. Yesterday, schools closed. Our home school does not tend to close for snow days, but I readily cancelled our field trip into the city. Ten inches of snow slowed our rapid pace. As I read these verses this morning, I marveled that God used a storm to calm our busy life. Rather than bemoan this blanket of unseasonable weather, I wrapped it around me and drifted through these days peacefully.