It began with weak breath – presumed death;
Then serendipity brought hope that led to disappointment.
But desperate faith called forth something unlikely –
The gradual correction of an apparent design flaw
Hidden from view, known to few, but with lasting effects.
These are matters of the heart…literally.
There’s One who is perfect in all things – even in flaws.
Unfortunately, on this side of creation we tend to look
Through the wrong end of the telescope – missing the big picture.
But we work with what we have and see; Analyzing and rationalizing;
Estimating and compensating; We plan, and think, and plan some more.
We build walls and moats, to keep others far from the ‘trouble’;
Unknowingly creating the setting for the unfurling of the perfect picture.
Because the thing about perfect flaws is that,
They’re designed to evolve to tell a story.
These are matters of the heart and soul.
There comes a point in one’s life when certain decisions must be made;
To accept that Someone does know better, and therefore to break walls
And fill moats; To compensate less and stop hiding;
To stand as a willing actor on the stage set,
And watch with everyone else the evolution of a unique story.
But here comes the conundrum: Evolution is not necessarily a painless process.
Like the walls, other things will get broken, things long protected and fragile.
Like the moat, other things will get filled, things long empty and dry.
There’s the temptation to yearn, for the protection of those walls of old,
When less robust elements are broken again and again and again;
To hide, when an unsightly evolutionary stage is ushered in;
To resist, when the script begins to read like the prelude to torment.
These are matters of the heart, soul, and beyond.
Beyond all these is the matter of gratitude for the miracle of Life.
They say ‘Little drops of water make a mighty ocean’;
May every second that has passed me by be a drop of gratitude;
To God first, and many many times over; Also for and to, all the people
Whose stories He has woven into my script to bring out His Perfect Design.