March 13, 2018

Little magnolia in my yard,

   so crooked and bent,

You didn’t start off crooked. 


You weren’t designed to grow 

   so awkwardly,

   so strange,

   so different from the other trees.


What caused you to be so…unusual?


Clearly something from your past

   is the reason.


What pressure did you face?


What stress?


What pushed against you so hard,

   or threatened you so much 

that you took such a detour 

   in your upward growth?


But you didn’t continue in that direction, did you?


 Somehow you started reaching up…

   up towards the light!

You made your way!


Whatever challenge you were facing, 

   you made it through.

You stand tall among the other trees.


And you know what?


You’re strong.


It must take a lot more strength

   to stand tall with such an uneven past,

than to stand upright with a smooth,

   easy, even past.


You, little magnolia, may look different

   from the other trees,

But you’re doing something the others

   can’t do--

You’re showing just how strong you are.


Sweet magnolia, I don’t know what tried 

   to detour you from the light,

 But it didn't end you;

   it made you beautiful.


I’ve never noticed the others…just you.

This sideways story you tell 

   makes you stand out.


Every day I look out my window

  and notice your uniqueness,

Your beauty.


Your uneven past has 

   made you beautiful, because 

you kept reaching toward the light.


I’ll remember that from now on.


Especially when I think about

   the things that bent me,

   and tried to end me;

The things that keep telling me that

   my uneven past

   makes me awkward and weak.


But no, it's made me stronger.


It makes me beautiful somehow

   because my God kept shining

His light down on me…

   and I just kept reaching up to Him.


Thanks little magnolia.


I needed that reminder.





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