Sunday, May 4, 2014

psalm 103 trees (where i feel smallest)

i've been suffering some first-world problems lately...
the water heater not working
one of the dogs chewing a new hose
the stinkbug infestation continuing
poison ivy conquering my arm. my leg.
there's a spot along my driveway,
between the
the dropping-off-place,
with trees so towering i think of them as
psalm 103 trees
for they whisper
my insignificance
god's everlastingness.
standing there is
humiliating and grand all at once
praise the lord, my soul!

where is your psalm 103, the place where perspective come barreling in?

linking with  kellilaurajenjennifer, barbie, sharita


  1. Eloquently stated, beautiful perspective!

  2. Psalm 103 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. What helps me readjust my perspective is getting outside of my comfortable surroundings. I need to see the sufferings other people go through to put my own into perspective.

  3. I love that you can see God's beautiful creation among the day to day troubles! Sometimes it's hard for me to do so, especially when I'm exhausted and ready for peaceful rest. Perhaps tonight I'll read Psalm 103 and think about your question :)

  4. love your ability to bring it all down in a concise way. And stink bugs.....oh I feel your pain my friend.

  5. flowers, this spring, flowers have been my psalm 103 whispering to me in the midst of my first world problems. thanks for reminding me

  6. Kendal, I just read Psalm 103 again the other day. It's one of my favorites. Where is the place I get my perspective? Just standing on our deck looking at the far away horizon and all the trees and clouds between. It shows me what a big God he is.

  7. Where I live it's the sky. Because it's the biggest thing for miles - and I know, since I can see for several of them, with such flat cornfields that surround - but also because I know it has layers. Atmosphere and cloud and eventually space. And that always reminds me that things are endlessly more intricate and expansive than I would guess at first glance. That I do well to dig deeper and see BEHIND and WITHIN, rather than just on the surface.

    Thank you for your lovely meditation above. Simply beautiful. Glad to have you with us at Unforced Rhythms this week!

  8. In the garden. The blossoms on bushes and trees that bring the promise of fruit. It is so good when the Lord turns our thoughts away from little problems. I enjoyed your poetic words!

  9. Beautiful, Kendal. My Psalm 103 is after baby's afternoon nap time... Because even if it is was something of a train wreck, I know that we have almost made it through today and God's new morning mercies are right around the corner :-)

    PS: Thanks for linking up with #EverydayJesus!