Monday, January 15, 2007

Life with Wings

I like the story Cecil B.DeMille told of being in a canoe in Maine one summer day. Just drifting through the water in a shallow place near the shore. He could see the bottom of the lake and noticed it was covered with water beetles. One of the water beetles crawled up on a canoe, fastened its feet in the gunnels and died.
Three hours later, still floating in the warm sun, DeMille said he witnessed a miracle. The shell of the water beetle cracked open and a tiny head emerged. The wings unfolded and finally a beautiful dragon fly with iridescent body and gossamer wings left the dead carcass and sailed across the surface of the water, shimmering in the afternoon sun…going further in a half second than the water beetle could crawl all day long.

The dragonfly sailed across the surface of the lake.. But the water beetles below, unaware of the miracle of metamorphosis, could not see it.
DeMille said, “Do you think God would do that for a water beetle and not do it for you and me?"

Have you ever known the feeling of being lifted above ordinary limitations? Not just doing the best you can “under the circumstances” but allowing God to get you out from under the circumstances that would hold you.

I sat with a congregation listening to Charles Shaw, my pastor and husband, give a sermon. He told about an imaginary conversation someone had with an ordinary looking worm crawling down the road of a busy city. The worm was "out of place" but told the man, "Don't stop me. I'm going to get my wings." This is the poem I wrote:

God made the butterfly
And I…
Stand on earth
And watch it fly
And see that God
Has fashioned wings
For even earthbound
Creeping things!

I know that God
Intended wings
For you and me
Oh! My heart sings!
I’ve found my wings.
And even I…
Can over circumstances

By R.B.S. Copyright in 1973


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Anonymous said...

Mother, I LOVE your poems! This one, read in the middle of the night, made tears come to my eyes. I love you! Debi

Carol said...

I'm so glad to see this poem in here. It's always been one of my favorites, and I especially like the story that goes along with it. I hadn't heard that story before.

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Natalie Louise said...

This site is very special I have enjoyed your book of poems and reflections and enjoy chatting with you when you are online. There is a great deal of wisdom in your words which exude years of life. Thank you for sharing.
Natalie Louise "Lou"

Anonymous said...

What a source of encouragement this poem is! Thanks for sharing it. Debi