Friday, May 19, 2006

Life with Wings

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.
Cecil B. DeMile wrote that he was 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?"

I sat with a congregation listening to Charles Shaw (a great preacher) give a sermon. He told about an imaginary conversation someone had with an ordinary looking caterpillar crawling down the road of a busy city. The caterpillar 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:

Life with Wings

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 Ruth Baird Shaw ...Copyright in 1973


Gerald said...

That is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.

Gennie said...

Congratulations on your nomination for Best Diarist. I'm in the category with you. Best of luck. :)

Jane said...

I have always loved that poem. It is SO encouraging.
Congratulations on your nomination as Best Diarist. You certainly deserve the honor and to win. I have voted for you.

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Carol said...

Love that poem and the inspiration I get from reading it.