E-Letter 177

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Devotions | 0 comments

Just for today, I’m doing the Ted-Dunagan-I’m-fixin’-to thing.  I’m fixin’ to open my eyes and be amazed.  My morning did not begin well.  I carelessly knocked over my blender and some invisible, lipsmacking monster lurking in the shadowy dust bunnies under my oven guzzled down my blueberry-banana-kefir breakfast drink. I emptied my dryer and began folding clothes that were covered with splotches of melted goo. Apparently my all natural, cherry-flavored, SPF 30 lip balm survived the cold water washing cycle only to disappear into the clothes twirled dry in the too-hot permanent press cycle. I unlocked my cellphone and entered my top secret code to discover three day’s worth of promotional e-mails all hawking items and services allegedly triggered by my past purchasing habits or interests. On what planet would I wear 4-inch heels that zip up the back?  Bemused, I decide to clear my head by going outside to give my prolific cucumber plants a decent burial.

And then I see them…a row of okra plants that I thought were past their prime covered with purple-throated lemon yellow blossoms.

Pale okra blossoms,

heavenly trumpets of joy – 

what more do I need?

Jesus reminds his followers all caught up in the quotidian mundanities of life, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like these…so do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6, selected verses). If I do nothing else of importance today, I am not worried.  I am going to write a little happy dance haiku so amazed am I with a gift meant, perhaps, for my eyes only!