Stoned

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Listening When He Speaks, Poetry, Scripture Talk

It’s been a couple of weeks by now, when I stopped by TweetSpeak for my daily taste of all things poetical. Their monthly Poetry Classroom was in session.

Uh-oh.

I stood at the back of the room, peering in. Everybody else knew things. Deep things. About a rock. And frozen pond water. Apparently author extraordinaire Henry David Thoreau had written about a stone back in the day, ya know, in “Walden Pond.” Uh-yea, that book that sits on my shelf and I’ve tried to read it time and again and again, but to no avail. I’ve. Not. Finished. It.

And if I had, it’s highly doubtful that I would have remembered a somewhat boring stone-tossing escapade. How fast did it fall? How deep is the water? Hmmm.

Now, if it had been a frozen horse turd toss, I reckon I would have remembered that.

Anyway, regarding that poetry lesson, I gave it a go because the teacher had written a most intriguing poem about a stone. I liked it. It had varied meanings. As the poetryPeople discussed it, I typed out my comment – a question, actually. Then I left it alone.

Later, as in the very next day, whilst I read the first part of Matthew 7 in the Sermon on the Mount, I was reminded of that blasted poetry stone lesson. It was a rock, buckaroos. Just a hard hunk o’ matter. Nonetheless, when the Creator of the universe lays something on your heart multiple times ‘n quick-like, ya listen.

And ya listen good.

Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV):

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Okay.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

So, we are to ask & seek & knock. After some study of those first two lines (7:7-8), I wrote in my journal that we are to persistently pursue God. 

And the bread & stone & fish & serpent? Weird, huh?

Whatheck is that about?

I uncovered something exciting in those three lines (7:9-11). Sometimes we unknowingly ask for “serpents” or “stones.” BUT, GOD (as our Heavenly Father) knows what we diggety-dog, deep-down, honest to Pete, really need. And quite frankly, the more we know Him, His Son, and the more we understand their love for us, the more our desires and wants will line up with God’s will for us. Back to the rock.

The Rock.

Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

I learned that even though it may seem our payers, even our hard sought after pleas and our earnest prayers, go unanswered — we are not privy to the goings on of the whole, big, wild world. BUT, GOD is. So, He knows if we’ve asked for a stone or a serpent.

That’s ’bout it for my countryGirl Bible lesson. Oh, wait, there is one more thing: my own poem about the highly elusive, multi-faceted, uber-talented, spectacular stone.

 

Kerplunk! a stone

breaks water’s face

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mirror shatters

earthly matters lay

about in shards

sharp 

piercing to crimson

rivers. Father staunches flow

presses hard – into

wound as I lay

weary, heavy against

His chest. “Child of

Mine, I’ve made

bread – take

eat and

rest.”

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12 thoughts on “Stoned”

  1. Darlene, you had me at “frozen horse turd toss” – loved this.
    There may be another lesson in here for me as well – two days ago I woke up with poetry bubbling up from somewhere, and I usually try to stick to lyric verse.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ah 🙂 I have never read much Thoreau myself. I’m sure I was compelled at some point to read something about the bean poles. But.

    Which is to say, you are in good company with the Poetry People. A good deal of us have read more Thoreau in Todd Davis’s poem than we’ve read of Thoreau himself 🙂

    You make me smile.

    • Miss L.L. – I’m somewhat relieved. Only “somewhat” because most of the time I have no idea who you all are talking about over there, but I’m learning!

      grinnin’ back atcha.

      Blessings.

  3. Just love this. I’ve found it to be true, although I could never say it quite like you.

    • Miss Linda – When each of us takes time to notice the great strength & mercy & love of God – it’s all beauty, aye?

      Blessings.

  4. Well, I’m not sure that Thoreau knew “beans” about stones [chuckles at own pun], but what a wonderful perspective you give her on it.
    We have to KNOW HIM well, don’t we?

    Love your photograph and poem too.

    • As always, thanks for stopping by, miss Harriett. You should come over to TweetSpeak sometime. Or maybe that feline friend of yours…

      Blessings.

  5. S. Etole says:

    I imagine the title has caught the attention of many. Fortunately they’ll find life when they come.

    • Ha! As always, thanks for reading and commenting, miss Susie.

      I hope folks find life and love – between the fun and Truth.

      Blessings.

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