I had seen the mountain only in
Pictures, never imagining that
I would be able to stand on the
Deck of our retreat center and
Stare at Pikes Peak in person.
What had I expected, a
Towering massive rock?
But in reality it was much more,
Majestic and magnificent.
The clouds floated above and
Below the summit while the
Tree line marked the higher elevations,
Not yet capped by snow but with
Three big eared mule deer strolled on
The grassy area beneath us
Unmindful that they were being
The mountain rock changed from
Shades of gray to beige as the
Sun rays shifted position.
Like David, I lifted my eyes to the
Hills trying to memorize every
Detail in case I never saw the
And as I intensely viewed the
Mountain I treasured the thought that
The Mountain Maker was intensely
Watching over me.
As I sat in my car waiting for my friend to
Finish her shopping, a lady next to me began
Loading groceries into her trunk.
We smiled at each other.
"How's your day going?" I asked the
Woman through my open
She listed a few of her activities of the
Morning and I related mine.
As we exchanged pleasantries, I
Just couldn't pass up the opportunity.
"Let me give you something," and I
Dug in my purse to retrieve one of
As I handed it to her she thanked me and
Prepared to drive away.
Our interaction was a chance encounter, a
Chance to get acquainted with Brenda, and a
Chance to make good use of my time while
I waited in the parking lot at Walmart.
The newspaper was absent from
My patio again, the third time
When I called the automated number
I was transferred to a person.
The woman apologized and assured me
She would pass the information on
To a manager.
I'm frustrated with my delivery issues, but
I simply had to tell her,
"If this is my worst problem today,
I've very fortunate. I'm not
Recovering from a hurricane."
The representative agreed.
"I'm glad I'm not in the Keys."
Before I hung up I said,
"I love the Lord, and He's
Always with me.
Blessings on your day."
Instead of surveying wind and
Water damage this morning, I'm
Thankful I simply wait for my paper.
And I pray for those less fortunate.
When an unexpected trauma shocks me and
Knocks me to the ground, it takes the
Breath out of me.
It takes time for me to recover.
I find myself moaning, "Lord, I can't.
I can't drum up enough trust to
Overpower the fear that is
I can't utilize the verses I've
I can't break through the fog of
Please bear with me, Lord.
Help me to silence my 'can'ts' so that I'm
Finally able to say, 'We can.'"
She's 82 and a recent widow.
She deserves to finally rest from her
But today the lady announced that she
Is adopting a foster child, an
Eight year old boy who
Already loves her as a mom.
When the adoption is final he
Wants his last name to be the
Same as hers.
The brave woman brushed aside
Our astonishment and words of
"If Sarah could do it, I can," she said.
"I'm just glad I didn't need to give birth."
Her soon-to-be son wants her to
Live to be 100.
He may just be the reason that
I was reading Jack's Bible during my
Devotions and noticed that he had
Drawn a star beside a verse, one
That must have been important to him:
"But the godly will flourish like
Palm trees...Even in old age they
Still produce fruit. They will remain
Vital and green." *
Jack lived out this verse.
He did thrive as he aged, bearing
Lots of fruit through his teaching,
Soldiering on until his once bright
Mind finally betrayed him.
Jack was 87 when he died, but he didn't
Seem old to me.
I wanted him to reach my dad's age who
Lived to be 96.
I wonder when Jack starred the verse.
He didn't write a date beside it.
Was he still in his prime?
And I wonder whether God's definition of
Old age is the same as mine.
* Psalm 92:12-14
Dorothy Kalb Hsu Seitzinger
Writing poetry has helped me process and express my sorrows and joys, my concerns and blessings. "Life is hard, but God is good!"