Friday, April 1, 2011

Live in Color

Do you ever feel like you are viewing life
in black and white... 

but you hope that you just might
wake up

and see the world in a brand
new light?

That's how I felt today.  My innermost heart has been groaning for springtime weather to arrive.  March felt like a very long month...of cold, frozen mud!  My mood began to feel like I was stuck in the mire.

This morning, I awakened to bright sunshine, birds singing and children playing outside my window!  I thought...could it possibly be warm enough for the children to be running freely and the birds to  be sharing such a happy song?!

For a moment, I imagined that I'd pull back the curtains and see summertime...Perhaps I've been hibernating and  unaware; all the doldrums are now gone and in an instant, the air is fresh, warm, and fully alive! 
Ahhhh, if only! 

But the view outside my window revealed that it's not time yet. 

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see."
(Hebrews 11:1)

As the sunshine massaged my shoulders during my afternoon stroll, the colors of nature appeared more vivid to me than yesterday!  I felt as if God was giving me new eyes to see. Yesterday, everything was brown and gray.  Today, the brown tones of the lawns were turning just a bit green, and while the trees are still bare, there was slightly more color all around me.  Daffodils are struggling to emerge from beneath the surface, but I saw the tiny sprouts.  Soon, a landscape of the vivid colors of nature will be dancing before my eyes. Yes, a full spectrum of color!!! 

I thought of the wizard of Oz....the movie begins in black and white....but as Dorothy crosses over into the land of Oz, the brick road becomes a
bright streets of gold!  She awakens, surrounded by technicolor fields of splendor!

In my little world,

It's April....

but still feels like March....

as if I'm in a fever induced black and white silent movie slumber.  

yet....I feel a burst of color ready to explode onto the scene...

just around the corner!

Until then, one day at a time...

I watch the transformation and I sigh at the promise of a future!

"His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour, The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower."
(William Cowper)

Monday, March 28, 2011


Tall trees grounded,

firm foundation,

roots stable in the earth's floor -

fierce winds

snatch tossing limbs,

as they break from the solid core.

fixed branches...

reach for the sun -

praising heaven, open wide...

springtime showers have begun,

outstretched fingers grasp for life!


now the willow hangs its head,

docile limbs weighed down,

yielding to the ground,

as if all hope is dead.

 "No! Not So!" - the red bird sings!

 think of pure and lovely things!

sweet as the kiss of the morning dew,

and the warmth of the sun embracing you...

have faith dear willow - do not cry,

or hide your face from grace...

have faith that spring will soon arrive,

and heaven's breath 

brings forth new life! 


the time is near ~ we can expect...
though birthing pains persist...            
remember this...

our eyes are not on what is seen...

As the willow weeps for spring!

(written by Lorraine Brown, copyright 2011)

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