The other night, I ran through the neighborhood, just as the sky was entering that lovely stage of cobalt blue... when the clouds were still barely visible. The atmosphere looked wrinkled, as if someone had dropped a veil over the earth.

And against the cobalt sky, I could see the branches of old trees. Black and serpentine, reaching, sprawling, curving, turning in on themselves and outward toward the dome of the heavens. I stopped. My heart beating fast, my mind open, reaching.

I thought of what it is like to learn to love You. Some see it as a path, straight and narrow, simple to follow; growth is a formula from a book, a set of rules. And maybe I see it this way sometimes too. But this night I felt like one of those old trees in Your presence... my heart sometimes dark and serpentine... reaching, sprawling, curving, turning in on itself then outward towards You.

For a long time I stood there, looking up at the branches painted black against the blackening sky. The trees were beautiful, still growing, even as night fell... then I set my feet again to running.

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Blogger Erin said...

"... reaching, sprawling, curving, turning in on myself then outward towards You."

Love this image. Especially that part about turning in on myself. My self-focus and self-reliance is what makes me the gnarled, knuckled, scarred tree that I am.

Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

I like this image as well. And I think I understand what you're saying and can identify with it. If it were all black and white, so straightforward, we would be skirting over who we really are.

Blogger nannykim said...

It is something, perhaps we don't always reflect on--this "learning to love God". I guess when I came to first know Him He gave me or instilled in me a love that has continued to grow in amazement of His wonder, His beauty, His unfathonableness (yup, I can't spell), His grace, His mercy, His sacrifice---I guess I just keep growing in the knowledge of the depth of all He is and ,well, it is like ephesians 3 says--"18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowlege, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God."----I think as I see and understand more of his love, my love grows. I think it is true--I love because He first loved me.

Blogger Andrea said...

I do see it as "straight and narrow, and simple to follow". But as a formula? Never. God would never allow it. :)

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Very beautiful. Thank you.

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