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We are so much more than what we see only with our eyes

Friday, February 7, 2014

Zebra Question by Shel Silverstein...

I asked the zebra
Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I'll never ask a zebra
About stripes
Again.

I love this poem.  And it came to my mind after this last week with school drama and a world of I don't cares going on in my kids' minds and hearts.  And yes, I'm speaking half with disappointment and the other half with hope.  Kinda like the half and half zebra from the poem.  Because I am indeed both.  Very disappointed in the school stuff right now - but at the same time, hopeful for the turn around I've seen after we addressed it. 

And I find that kids have either/or kinds of brains.  They hate math so they do icky work at it.... but I try to explain to them that they are more than welcome to hate it - but they still have to do it - and there are better things on the other side.  Just climb the big ugly math mountain and see what's waiting.  Opportunity.  

But I've also decided that kids don't really see the difference between opportunity and anything else that parents make them do.  So parents have to be the eye openers.  The walking, talking road map to the land beyond the drama of things on their list of kid things to accomplish and get through.  

But it doesn't stop there.  As the strangely wise zebra suggests in the poem... we are so much more than what we see only with our eyes. 

We have desires of our hearts that may be so deep that we haven't really found them yet. And those desires were individually planted and painted by God.  Written in our hearts.  For me, and for them, and for you.  And it takes courage and perseverance and strength of conviction to hear it, feel it and follow it.  

Praying for my boys to see beyond the immediate and into their futures.  Because God has already promised it.

For your days ahead... may you feel the hope planted in you by a God that sees the whole picture, every page of your story.  

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

9 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm your neighbor over at (in)couraging writers :)
    I love that zebra poem. What a way to look at things, eh?!
    Sometimes I think, "You're trying too hard to make them understand something they just cannot comprehend." Learning to understand their development and maturity level, rather than frustrating myself for something they have no control over. Learning to teach, instruct, and guide with a double dose of grace! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Darlene, I think as moms, understanding the page the kids are on now is one of our hardest lessons. Because they keep turning their pages way too fast. Think teenager moods. But even the kid in question this week is hopeful because he caught up on some missing work at school, saw that he can make the effort and see a desired result, and maybe he actually heard me when I begged him to quit stuffing stuff blindly into his backpack.

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  2. I'm so glad to have come across you this Five Minute Friday! Your blog title, this zebra-striped poem, what you did with last week's hero prompt - I love it all. Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. And Katy, to be honest... this post may have taken me more than 5 minutes. I cannot tell a lie. Cutting and pasting the poem on here took up at least 3 of my allotment. So that being said.... thanks for reading along and overlooking my rebellion against authority.

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  3. Aww. I love this. What a solid hope we have since God has already promised it. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

    And I love that poem too. It's so true.

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    1. Another thought provoking poem by Shel Silverstein is called God's Wheel. Read that one if you haven't.

      I get my best literature exposure through children's books, I think.

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  4. That seems to be a common thing for mama hearts. The hope and the frustration that seem to coexist, especially when we know our kids should care of do need to learn certain things. I'm glad you're a part of our writing group.

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  5. Hi Kristi! What a great poem. I have read some Shel Silverstein, but not that one. Glad to be in the (in)couage writers group with you. Looknig forward to reading more of your work.

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  6. Shel Silverstein is so much fun and filled with insight. Enjoyed the post! I'm part of the writing group : )

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