What do you see?

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis

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(a camouflaged praying mantis on the rubber plant / Julie Cook / 2015)

Marginalized,
lambasted,
ridiculed,
disrespected,
and ignored.

Considered. . .
foolish,
out of touch,
ignorant,
and old fashioned.

Silenced and hushed.
Mocked and scorned.
Altered and changed.
Disproven. . .or so they say. . .

I am supposedly alone in my thinking,
cast aside as one who is mad for believing.
I am told that I cannot believe nor proclaim.
There is no room for such nonsense in our culture.
It has now been cut from every corner of what ever was.
Never mind that our laws and our very government is rooted in Its Word.
The spoken Word of Law and Order
Of right and wrong. . .
Of consequence and cost. . .

It has been stricken from walls and books,
from playing fields, events and meetings.
It has been ripped from ceremonies and pledges.
Mere mention brings an assault of legalism, reprimand and anger. . .

You are correct, I have never seen nor heard nor touched. . .

And yet I continue to believe. . .

Despite your objections to the contrary,
or your attempts to call my hand. . .
or your incessant pursuits to silence my thoughts.

I believe because I have seen It all too clearly. . .

In the stars and in the moon. . .

I have heard it in the coyote’s cry and in the whippoorwill’s sad song.

I have found It in the sun that has warmed my face–
As I have found It in the mighty winds and tumultuous seas of any given storm. . .

And I have found It in the silence of loneliness and despair. . .

It is found in the face of every new born child
And It is in the bird which takes flight on the winds.
It rests in the gentle touch of the elderly.
And it sits upon the shoulders of the innocent. . .

So despite your objections and your vehement desire to erase It from my life,
as well as every other’s life. . .
I will continue to believe,
to proclaim,
to worship,
to pray,
to observe,
and to witness

You may think you can make It all go away by simply taking it all away and
pretending It just isn’t there. . .

yet His Wonders never cease. . .

May your wonders never cease
may your spirit never leave
may we ever long to see your face
and when we turn from you again
oh how quickly we forget
may we be reminded of your grace
May Your Wonders Never Cease

Lyrics by Third Day
May Your Wonders Never Cease

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9

19 comments on “What do you see?

  1. Nicodemas says:

    What an amazing post! And so powerful. Thank you Julie for the strength of these words.

  2. ColorStorm says:

    Jewels, there is no reblog option for this!

    This is awesome.

  3. ColorStorm says:

    Reblogged this on ColorStorm and commented:
    This is a wonderful interpretation of Mr. Jack Lewis’s quote at the head of the post.

    An invitation to recall the days of youth, to wonder at the divine complexity of life, and how the Creator has given us eyes to see His handiwork, and ears to hear the song of life written by Him.

    If you have never read cookiecrumbs, avail yourself of some really good stuff.

    (found the button julie, looks like it was moved 😉

  4. Lynda says:

    Julie, this is so beautiful! It brought to mind the quote from Jesus, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29) Blessings for you, my friend!

  5. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Love this!

  6. Well you’ve done it again. I’m speechless. What a fabulous declaration of your believes and faith and your unwillingness to let anyone or anything take it from you. And I love your affirmations about where you’ve witnessed evidence of you beliefs. Simply stunning my friend. This will be reblogged. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  10. Oh, that is just wonderful! Thank you for those words today. 😉

  11. Tricia says:

    Fantastic post Julie, really a joy to read. That praying mantis picture was great as well!

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