I love the way nature seems designed to reveal so much truth about the spiritual world. Repeatedly, nature offers a fresh perspective to the way we think and the challenges we face.
Layers of a Life
Contrary to my expectations,
There is no buffer,
No shock-absorbing space
Between the layers of life.
Rarely does it feel like a lamina of tranquility
Pads the weight of change.
A new stratum of our story
Is usually deposited
Before the one below
Has a chance to settle or solidify.
We are all familiar with the strain
Of seasons pressing, one atop another,
Without concern for conformity
Or the dictates of good timing.
I’m learning to make my peace
With the competing powers
Of upheaval and compression;
Accepting folds, buckles, and a whole lot of grit
As part of life’s intended cycle.
I’m also learning that these layers of my life
Lose some of their edginess
When I lay down expectations
And simply take in the view.
Maybe the panoramic scene
Of life’s many layers
Is not characterized by discontinuity.
Maybe they are sculpted
With more harmony and cohesion
Than I can possibly know.
“But the LORD has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.”
Photo cred: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/ks3/gsl/education/resources/rockcycle/page3556.html