At Rest

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At Rest

I love what You’ve made
every creature I see
the tan, furry face
the content, buzzing bee
the flowers that open
on the branch of a tree
and the doves that dive low
overhead, over me

I love that the sky
opens up in a spot
and the sun, it shoots through
the thick fog that it fought
where the blue is so welcome
and the light that it brought
reminds me that joy
it’s still there, like I thought

Father, help me to see
that today, it is new
that You made the flower
and You made the blue
that nothing could buzz
or dive without You
that nothing could open
unless you tell it to

Sometimes I forget
that the small things are big
that the dark becomes light
that the day grows the fig
that at rest I can see
where for treasure, to dig
that the tree sings Your song
every branch, every twig.

-kb

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth . . . (Psalm 104:24, NIV)

 

Only A Branch

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Only A Branch

I am only a branch
I am moved by the wind
When a bird finds my perch
I am likely to bend
But I curve and I stretch
and I know, from the root
that I have what I need
to sprout leaves and bear fruit.

-kb

“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” (Rev 22:16b, NIV)

Snow

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Snow

It is icy up here
and the night has been long
I haven’t heard cheer
or the little bird’s song
the dark makes it colder
oh, the shadows of night
I’m not seeing gladness
or the little bird’s flight
how do I wish morning
would make itself known
when eyes would peer out
from the tucked-in, hushed home
they’d see me, and smile
oh, how bright it becomes
when the little bird sings
at the sight of the sun
then with the warmth
and with the glow
I become water
when once I was snow
I fall from this branch
but all the way down
I’ll see the bird dance
and hear its sweet sound

– kb

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1, NIV)

A Trip to Tahoe

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Tahoe

Giant dandelions,
as big as my fist
If there, they are
I’m not likely to miss

And, if I see
a new creature to me
Like a bright, orange fish
that’s in river, not sea
I’m astounded once more
at the things He’s made be

Then, when the wind
blows straight through my face
When the air that I breathe
feels like an embrace
I’m reminded once more
that there is a place
Where someday I’ll see God,
one day, face to Face

-kb

“They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” (Psalm 145:5, NIV)

His Care In All Things

 

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His Care In All Things

When an ant, carries
When wind moves the leaves
When palm branches creak
And when birds nest in trees

When pine needles fall
When stars, they sit right
When sunrise, it beams
And moon claims the night

When a creature is born
or yet, born and made new
From a worm to a butterfly
wings, purple and blue

It’s these things
All these things
remind me of You
and the care that You take
in all things that You do

– kb

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns,
where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.” (Psalm 65:8, NIV)

 

Better Land

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Better Land

I see Him in the rays of sun
that cast a warm, pink glow
I find Him in the crispy cold
that chills my face and toes

I see Him in the melty blues
in lakes below the trees
Where mountains shoot from land to sky
and gift us snowy peaks

He formed the creatures, and the moon
He put the stars in place
He grows the seedling from the earth
moves wind across my face

He’s here, and knows your every thought
the things you’ve always kept
safe, away from diggers deep
where, with folded wings you wept

To restless hearts, He gives new hope
and reaches out a Hand
As we leave our burdens there
and move to better land

– kb

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” (Psalm 95:4, NIV)

 

At The Quieting of the Day

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Lately, I’ve been finding myself sitting at my computer in front of the window at just the right time of day to enjoy twilight.  Glowing patterns are created across the sky, and the sounds of the day lessen until I can hear the water fountain running, from across the street.  The muffled sound of a plane flying in the distance reminds me of how big the world is, and at the same time I notice how easily palm branches move in the wind…they don’t fight it.  Then, a single bird chirps, as if he is the last of his fleet to find out that the day is coming to a close.  Twilight is a gift, when the quieting of the day draws my attention not only to the wonderful things that have been made, but to the One Who so kindly made them.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11, NIV)

When Jesus Spoke and There Was Calm

andreas-achenbach-85762_1280Have you ever been inside of a small airplane when it’s being jostled by a storm?  Have you ever walked into a wind so strong that it redirects you?  Have you ever observed a dark, stormy ocean from shore?  All of these things are reminders that nature is beyond our control.  But that was not the case with Jesus.  When Jesus and his disciples were in a boat and encountered an intense storm, the Bible says that Jesus “rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26b, NLT)  Jesus displayed His sovereignty, even over nature.

“The disciples were amazed.  “Who is this man?” they asked.  “Even the winds and waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:27, NLT)

Where Water Meets The Sky

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV)