Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Life Unfolds

I have lots of questions about "Life."

Have you ever wondered why growth takes time? Why do we need experiences in life for maturity? What if we can be transformed like Jesus in a day, in weeks, in a month? What's up with this waiting? Why can't we grow completely in the here and now?

Well, to be completely honest with you, I have been wrestling with questions in relation to the themes like "growth," "maturity," and "patience." The poem that I am quoting helped me in my reflections.

Thank God for Scripture that continues to shed light on "Life" and "Living." Read the following poem "Life Unfolds" written by Macrina Wiederkehr, I promise you it can be a door to deeper reflections on life.

Life Unfolds

Life unfolds
a petal at a time
slowly.

The beauty of the process is crippled
when I try to hurry growth.
Life has its inner rhythm
which must be respected.
It cannot be rushed or hurried.

Like daylight stepping out of darkness,
like morning creeping out of night
life unfolds slowly
a petal at a time
like a flower opening to the sun,
slowly.

God’s call unfolds
a Word at a time
slowly.

A disciple is not made in a hurry.
Slowly I become like the One
to whom I am listening.

Life unfolds
a petal at a time
like you and I
becoming followers of Jesus,
disciplined into a new way of living
deeply and slowly.

Be patient with life’s unfolding petals.
If you hurry the bud it withers.
If you hurry life it limps.

Each unfolding is a teaching
a movement of grace
filled with silent pauses
breathtaking beauty
tears and heartaches.

Life unfolds
a petal at a time
deeply and slowly.


Jesus said, "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life" - John 10:10

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