Creative Work


A. E. Thorimbert

Why do you call me to be an oak,
when I would rather be a willow?
I’d stand loosely and chaotically,
free to live on gentle winds.
But instead you call me to root myself down,
to wade into deep waters,
and to hold myself against the drowning tide.
Why can’t I be a willow? They’re nice.
They have a sense of family and warmth.
They bend in the breeze
and dance in the strongest gales.
Why an oak? Why must I be strong?
Is that how you see me?
Do you see far greater things for me
than I desire?


REFLECT: What does God see in you? What kind of person does God call you to be? How can your life display God’s glory?

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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