Pause for the Parable

Every happening, great and small,
is a parable whereby God speaks to us,
and the art of life is to get the message.
~Malcolm Muggeridge

Every day is filled with storied moments
though I feel too rushed to listen.

If I take time to be changed
by what I see or feel or hear,
when I pause
for the parable,
it makes all the difference:

A steaming manure pile
becomes the crucible for my failings
transformed into something useful,
a fertilizer to be spread
to grow what it touches.

An iced-over water barrel
reflects distant clouds
above me as I peer inside,
its frozen blue eye focused
past my brokenness
to mirror a beauty
far beyond.

An old barn roof with gaps torn by fierce winds,
is repaired and renewed,
no longer allowing rain and snow
and invading vines inside;
once again safe and secure,
a sanctuary protected from storms.

I am looking.
I am listening.
Feeling in desperate need of repair
before I topple over:
to be transformed,
and forever changed.

3 thoughts on “Pause for the Parable

  1. Always wonderful things to pay attention to on the farm.
    And always repairs waiting to be completed.
    Farm life is a blessing.
    Enjoy as long as you can.
    Linda

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  2. Thank you! I read this at the perfect time. Feeling so broken so lost but knowing he has my back. And if I look he will guide me to hope and strength. And if broken will be whole.
    An answer to a prayer……

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