Climbing Rainbows

"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all the living creatures of every kind on the earth." -Genesis 9:16

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Jackpot

I wrote this poem/article for the "happy" challenge on FaithWriters. I tried something new; I tried to use a mix of poetry and prose. Let me know what you think!

Jackpot

Too often I’ve treated life like a casino, throwing minutes into slot machines with the vain hope of hitting the jackpot of happiness;

Too often I’ve searched for ecstasy like a prospector seeking gold, fueled by the dream of striking it rich, but finding that in spite of all my efforts I was only chasing down the wind;

Too often I’ve languished in the desert and prayed for rain to fall, when all the time I waited an oasis stood before my unseeing eyes—

For happiness is not a hidden treasure, which we must sell our souls to find; it’s the shadow under every stone, which we must look behind;

It is not the lack of darkness, but the stars that shine throughout the night;

It is not the calming of the storms, but in the midst of turmoil finding peace in Father’s arms;

It is not the prize at the finish line, but the joy of every step we take, as each becomes a revelation of our Father’s love for us…

3 Comments:

Blogger Brianna C. said...

I like it! That was an interesting idea- unique stuff that doesn't officially fit anywhere is fun- goes against the flow, like we do. :-) I've done that...

Probably not one of my all-time favorites, but I like it.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Grace said...

This is definitely unique. I've seen something similar done before, but with a far different theme. I like it, and the last line is my favorite. It rings very true. =D

8:03 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Graber said...

Thank you for the positive comments, Brianna and Grace. I'm glad you like it. I don't think I personally like it as much as poetry, but it is fun to try something different every once in a while.

7:37 AM  

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