The Underside of Trees

(On a silent retreat, lying on a picnic table gazing upward at the trees – a perspective one rarely takes – I discovered that God is such a messy creator! That was very encouraging because I certainly am!)

I waited through the quiet times, the silent times, the boring times,
The times I was a dandelion in deserted, rocky soil.
I waited in the wilderness and bloomed where I was planted
While I longed to be in gardens where the roses got to grow.

Still I waited, looking upward at the underside of trees,
At the messiness of nature, at the beetles, worms, and bees.

Then one day the winds came and the storms beat down upon me
And I discovered I was rooted with a strength I did not know
That in the quiet and the silence and the boredom of those years
All that waiting was renewal and a time of unseen growth.

I had waited, looking upward at the underside of trees,
At the messiness of nature, at the beetles, worms, and bees.

Now loving hands have brought me out of the deserted rocky soil
And cherished and transformed me
And put me down again in a warmer garden setting
Where I can bloom again and I can grow some more…

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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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One Response to The Underside of Trees

  1. Frank Ober says:

    This sounds like a rebirth… Frank

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