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A lesson in PERSEVERANCE

March 2, 2010

“…Consider the ravens…”

Phoenix of Eternal LifeHave you ever observed the behavior of birds in the face of adversity?

Amfalula Tree

For days and days they make their nests, sometimes gathering materials brought from far away. 

"Do not be afraid, Amalula Tree

Then, when they have finally completed the nest and are ready to lay eggs,

the weather,

or the work of humans,

or some animal,

destroy it,

and it falls to the ground. 

Gone is all that they have done with so much effort.

...little flock"

Sparrow

Do they stop, bewildered, and leave the work? 

...For your Father has been pleased

Bluebird

No way.

They start over building the nest again and again until they have eggs in the nest again.

SwanSong

Sometimes,and very often before the chicks are are hatched, an animal, a child, or a storm destroys the nest once again –

but this time with its valuable contents.

America Oh America!

SwanSong

It hurts to go back to begin again…

Even so, the birds do not ever stop, they continue to sing and build –

and keep singing and building.

...to give you the kingdom."

Chicken n Rooster

Do you som
etimes get the feeling that your life, your work, your family is not what you had dreamed?

Do you sometimes want to say,

“enough!  The effort is not worthwhile. It is all too much for me!”

 Blackbird ToileAre you tired of it all?

Do you feel that the daily struggle is a waste of time, your trust has been betrayed, your goals not reached just as you were about to get them?

Black Bird ToileLife strikes you down sometimes, but do you go on, say a prayer, put your faith in hope, not darkness?

Do not worry if you get injured in the battle, that is to be expected.

Gather yourself together and rebuild your life, so that it runs well again.

Phoenix of Eternal LifeNo matter what happens…

Do not shrink back, but move forward.

Life is a constant challenge, but it is worthwhile to mostly accept it.

And never stop singing.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you — you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Luke 12:22-34 TNIV

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 10:10 am

    I love it when you write and feature one night lite in the narrative. It marries the best of you into a whole!

    And, so?

  2. March 2, 2010 12:48 pm

    Beautiful post – and gorgeous photos!

  3. Emily Swan-Bradley permalink
    March 2, 2010 2:28 pm

    Beautiful Jenny. The pictures are wonderful.

  4. March 3, 2010 9:55 am

    I’ve been focusing lately on being aware in the moment and conscious of “memos from the universe” (yes, that’s an excellent domain name, and yes I already own it – blog coming soon to a theater near you!).

    I’ve also been struggling lately with “what’s next” – quasi-cataclysmic change is going to force my hand on that very soon. I’m trying to relax and look forward to it with a sense of expectancy that something’s coming, I don’t know what it is but it is gonna be great… it’s not easy when you are a make-s***-happen-Type-A person!

    Probably 30 years ago, I wrote a poem that ended with the line, “and never, ever stop playing”. Meaning playing music. A few years later, when I was focused on voice, I crossed out “playing” and replaced it with “singing”.

    So, reading your post today made me simultaneously smile and burst into tears. A definite memo from the universe.

    Thank you 🙂

    Erin

  5. March 3, 2010 11:03 am

    I wanted to cry too when I read it. You’re not alone. The change is coming, I can discern it too. I think that as “type A’s” we are intrinsically predesposed to make s–t happen, and we are SUPPOSED to. Right? The universe holds everything for us, we just need to accept (this is an “action” word…) it as our reality – that requires a conscious as well as unconscious effort. I want to hear you sing – xJ

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