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The Overwhelming Plain

Posted Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 7:05 PM

I stand and behold the overwhelming plain
Endlessly stretching beyond what eye can see

Limitless are the possibilities
I cannot see when I look at me

I look for easy answers to take away my pain
Not understanding the storm brings much needed rain

Before the high winds the tall grass bends
I hear thunder not the answer Spirit sends

Unable to escape from daily reality
Living a life of confusing duality

Dreaming of a place of lifelong simplicity
My spirit only hears words of duplicity

A trail of tears lead away from the plain
That which I cling to only brings pain

I look back to where I had once been
Lightning beckons me again and again

Hailstones from above are carefully hurled
Attacking what holds me captive to this world

The storm passes thru and so do I
My answer found me from the sky


Pain is an old friend who it took me a long time to understand. He never came to visit when I was prepared for him, always stayed longer than I wanted him to, and could not understand why others avoided him. His traveling companion is Love, a delightful one who has a way of making the heart smile and cry at the same time. But I have learned that love seldoms stays where pain cannot go and that there are lessons in this life only pain can teach.

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None of us like pain, and there are many ways to hide it. Some become dependent on pills or alcohol or anything just to relive mental, emotional, and physical pain. These are only bandaids for the problem. But we as Christians are told we we will have pain and should endure. "He that endures to the end shall be saved." David said in Psalm 119 that affliction helped him to stay true to God. And the answer? The sanctuary of God's presence!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 3:18 PM

This poem was a response to a poem called Just Plain Overwhelmed written by a Native American woman from a Plains tribe.

Many times in life we get so focused on what is wrong we cannot see the answers we seek. How often do we pray that our "thorn in the flesh" be taken away when GOD is preparing us to be a rose in the life of another.


-- Posted by apureheart on Sun, Mar 18, 2012, at 1:38 AM

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