Different Soil

My journey is just beginning. I feel I have so few words at this point…so much to learn and I do not want to say more on the subject of depression than I am yet qualified for. I want to begin seeking God more fully, delving into His word, reading some good books. On Friday, I will post a list of useful resources that have been suggested to me by readers.

Yet, I wanted to point others to any resource that would encourage the downcast spirit today. In that vein, here is an exert from a poem my dear, godly cousin Johannah wrote this week . It resonated with my situation so powerfully, as though she had written it for me. May others find blessing through her words as well:

“We are in a valley. It is cold and gray here. We’ll catch the chill if we stay. But we can’t stay.

This place was never meant for us. Across the plains of grief comes a call that cannot be resisted. We must obey.

We’re here now. Perched. Up on the rim, looking down at the bowl of the valley. Teeter. Totter. Teeter. Totter. Tempted to free fall back into the chill. The easy way is down in the depths. Simple submission to our humanity–bitterness, self-pity, withdrawal. . . Comes naturally. Feels instinctual.

But our feet are meant for different soil. A path is open to us that is infinitely harder, yet infinitely more beautiful. We have no choice but to take it. There is a coil of steal rope that has anchored us to this path. It can’t be broken. Or untied. It pulls us. Pulls. Pulls.

We follow.

Harder: Denied the right to wallow. Guaranteed no protection–not from anything that will make us more like the Son. Not from anything that can be used to refine and perfect. Locked in a battle against a weaker self that longs to be exalted.

More beautiful: Mingled tears of compassion. Warmth. Arms braced in support. Love.Growth. A certainty of good things unseen solidifying in our humbled souls.


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6 Responses to Different Soil

  1. Anonymous says:

    Most beautiful, Dear Jo…AuntyB

  2. The Matriarch says:

    Yes I agree…very beautiful.-Grace

  3. Susanna Rose says:

    For some reason, the links included in this post are not working. Johannah's blog is:www.puttingdownroots.blogspot.comMy apologies!:)

  4. Jody says:

    Beautiful! Off topic-was wondering where you get the images you've been using the past few posts. I love those.

  5. Susanna Rose says:

    Jody, I simply found the images on google! I found this particular one, "The Sower" by Vincent Van Gogh, when I googled "The good soil."

  6. Jody says:

    Thanks for the help.

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