In A Dream
A breath of white smoke
disappears in bare branches
A yellow orchid
blooms in winter snow
from white pagodas
An empty kettle
without a song
Susan Beth Furst
"In A Dream" is a poem that I wrote last month for my poetry class. The assignment was to write several haiku (three line poems), usually having to do with nature, and then fashion them into a longer poem. I hope that you enjoyed the poem! As a result, I have become more observant of the things that surround me, especially the beauty of nature.
As I looked to this poem for inspiration, I wondered about the last two lines. They don't seem to fit the beautiful descriptions of nature that precede them. What about the empty kettle? What does it mean to be without a song? Well I wrote those lines, so I should know, right?
To me an empty kettle means to be spiritually empty. The story of the woman at the well, in the Gospel of John is a good example of this. She was an outcast in the village and living in shame. When she came to the well to draw water she met Jesus. He asked her for a drink. and then offered her "living water." He told her all about herself, that she was married five times, and the man she was living with then was not her husband. Amazed, she ran to the village and said "Come see a man who told me all things I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" She and the whole village believed in Jesus, He changed their lives!
Jesus living water is the water that never runs out, the water that gives eternal life. He said, "whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." His point is this, if your kettle is empty, you can fill it, but it will always need to be refilled. So look to Him to give you the true water, spiritual water, the water that saves, the water of eternal life. How do you get this water? Ask Jesus, seek Him, and He will answer you. You can start by reading His word, in the Bible. This story is found in the Gospel of John chapter four.
Are you an outcast? Do you feel hopeless? Are you spiritually dry? Is your kettle empty? An empty kettle has no song. Look for Jesus' spiritual water to fill your kettle, it will never run dry, and you will have a new song. A song of the joy and the peace that Jesus gives, even in the midst of this beautiful but imperfect fallen world! He loves you! Ask Him for a drink! It will change your life!
The wind sways -
three branches on a bare tree point
to the purple sky
ricochets across my windshield
orange neon light blinks
The train whistle at 5:51 PM.................................................................
I hope you enjoyed my haiku. I enjoyed writing them. I pray that you have a blessed day, and that you know that you are a unique and special child of God. He has given you talents and a purpose for your life. It doesn't have to be a grand purpose, although it might be. It could be just to say a kind word, or to share a poem, or to write a symphony! So go out into the world and share the love of the One who created you, and you will make Him smile : )
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well" Romans 12:6
"For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19 NLT. The truth that we can not deny takes center stage on Ash Wednesday. We are all going to die; on that point I think all people can agree. But Christians have something that other people do not. We have hope. And where does our hope lie? In the book of John, in the Bible. Jesus performs one of his greatest miracles. His friend Lazarus was dead. There was no doubt that he was dead for he had been in the tomb for four days. Lazarus' sisters Mary and Martha summoned Jesus days before, with the news that Lazarus was sick. Jesus intentionally waited two days before making the long journey to their home. Jesus was late and Mary and Martha were not happy. They asked why He had not come sooner for they knew Jesus had the power to heal their brother. Jesus told them that their brother would rise again. He asked where the tomb was and He told the mourners to roll the stone away. "Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said "Father, thank you for hearing me, You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me. Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!" And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"" John 11:41-44 NLT. So Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, four days dead! And this is the hope that I spoke of earlier: Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die." John 11:25-26 NLT. Yes we were made from dust, and when we die we will return to dust, But if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to save us from our sins and if we ask him to live in us and through us we will never die. That is our hope. That is why we can be sure that when our short time on earth is over we will live Forever with Jesus in Heaven! So if you are worried about death, or you think that perhaps it won't happen to you, it will. But remember the hope. The God who created us from dust came down to earth to die for us so that He could spend eternity with us. We must be some pretty valuable dust!!! You can read his story in the Bible in the Book of John chapter eleven. May He bring you Peace and Hope!
Jewish eye doctor
tells patients about Jesus
gives sight to the blind
Jesus was the ultimate Jewish eye doctor. He gave sight to a man who was blind from birth. Imagine the miracle of being able to see for the very first time. Jesus asked the man if he believed that He was the Messiah, and the man responded that he would like to believe. Jesus told the man that He was indeed the Messiah, and the man worshipped Him. You see Jesus' primary mission was to heal spiritually not physically. The man's spiritual eyes were opened when he was miraculously healed, and he believed and worshipped Jesus. What a gift, to know God and be known by him. How is your spiritual sight? Need a check up? Go to the gospel of John, chapter nine. It is a great story, and it is true!!