Spiritual Poetry posted August 12, 2019

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A view of the world from 30,000 feet

The Wondrous View

by Robert Zimmerman

As I looked out across the land
     I viewed the patchwork man had knitted there.
I felt the labor, knew the work
     that fashioned such a quilt so large-so fair.

But as I viewed celestial scenes
     I saw the patchwork in a different light.
The blue stretched down to touch the quilt
     and swallowed up the quilt with splendid might.

Men and mules can weave a patch
     then draw the patches snug with lines so straight.
But when the working day is done
     the man and mule stride slowly through the gate.

White billows shielded every patch.
     They blocked from sight the work that man did there.
When seeing that, I understood,
     that God had placed those billows with great care.

Soon the light descended low
     and with it went the picture I did see.
So I knew without a qualm
     God had set that picture there for me.

He had made the celestial view
     and spoke the universe into its place.
And so I thought within my heart
     Can I expect to see God's loving face?

Then l saw a picture sad.
     I saw the patchwork of my petty Life.
As I considered what I’d seen
     red billows flowed to cover all the strife.

God had held me up with care
     to view a portrait that could not be priced.
And when l see my patchwork now
     I see it through the billows of the Christ.

I always knew that Christ had died
     And agonized upon the groaning tree.
And now my joy is rightly full
     because I know that Christ has died for me.

Romans 5:8

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I began writing this poem over 20 years ago on a plane flight to the West Coast from the East Coast. The sights I saw were amazing because the weather was perfect and over the West I saw the irrigation circles from 30,000 feet. It occurred to me that it was not only a plane flight but a an examination of my life.
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