Wednesday, February 23, 2011

contentment


"...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
— Phillipians 4:11

this little bird,  
perching on a rock at low tide 
on a chilly morning, 
gazing at his reflection
and possibly hoping for breakfast —
is he content?

i think i am learning,
but still there are days
when my perch feels precarious
and the water is too cold
and i don't want to get my feet wet
and i am 
hungry...

and then there are days 
when the solid rock supports me,
and despite the frigid waters —
 my reflection is hopeful
for provision,
in good
time.


linking to imperfect prose

18 comments:

S. Etole said...

"our hope is built on nothing less" even when the water's cold and we want ...

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful, Leslie. I love the last verse.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

ELK said...

s i g h .. a very good lesson to learn in life right... content is such a perfect word..so happy to stop in to say hello today!

Brian Miller said...

nice...another IP touched on contentment tonight as well and those are words i needed to hear...thank you.

rebecca said...

i love this leslie...every word.
you are a perfect grace.

Rick said...

I think God must have put animals here to teach us about contentment. You found this bird as a symbol, I used a dog similarly.

Beautiful shot, Leslie, and always a passage that we need to heed daily.

Tracy said...

Content no matter what... a good daily lesson. Thank you for this beautiful insightful post, Leslie ((HUGS))

Francesca said...

So beautiful, again. I too think I'm learning.

becky said...

another bit of beauty, Leslie. solid as a rock...nothing less.

Joybird said...

Clear picture...to have a scar perch over cold water and be hungry yet still be content...I think I need to let this sink in.

Joybird said...

Uhhm, that should be scary not scar

emily wierenga said...

oh leslie, this is what i long for: to be that little bird who stands, still, waiting for breakfast to be supplied, in spite of everything...

you always challenge and teach and take care of me through your words. thank you, dear friend.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Oh yes, I get that precarious perch feeling. Here's hoping for solid rocks!

B. Meandering said...

You say this so well, esp. the precarious part. Lovely, les.

Rachel said...

Love your poetry! Thanks for the encouragement!

Kati patrianoceu said...

I've been thinking a lot about how each day is different. I'm currently living a situation in which every day we have news that send our emotions spiraling in one direction or another. So I loved this poem, the true foundation it preaches!!

Jodi said...

for provision,
in good
time.
Yes, all our hope in Thee. How are you these days friend?

Ryan and Melanie said...

I long to be this bird too. beautiful words.

-Mel