Monday, February 21, 2011

Upside Down

The sun was pressing kisses against the earth when I stepped outside after lunch, my whole being lapping up the glorious warmth of it.  I shut my eyelids against the brightness, feeling a drift of a breeze flutter over my eyelids.  Then Matthew's voice pulsed like distant chimes against my ears.

"I don't want the world to be upside down," he said to Dad, who was doing something near him.  "I don't want the world to be upside down, 'cause I don't want to be squashed by a plane."

I laughed at the childish innocence of it, and my ears suddenly opened to the truth in my little brother's words.  Sometimes, in our little existence, we feel that our world is tossed upside down, our lives shaken by the endless turning of the earth.

And yet, suddenly, there is a breathless joy in the uncertainty of that thought.  Our lives are turning, like the earth, held by a hand we cannot see...

 ...yet sure in the infinite truth that the world cannot stop turning, unless He stops it, and we are safer here, in this this topsy-turvy world, than we would be in a perfect, flat world, where nothing could go wrong, where we were in control, our lives in our own hands.

I felt like Christopher Columbus, standing beneath a sky blue with spring, my head touched with joy, discovering peace in the thought that, after all...  I live in an upside-down world.

With all my heart,



Tammy@Fear Not said...

Such innocence, truly. In all our poetic ways, I wouldn't have thought of squishing planes but frankly it's practical, in an upside world. Profound in its own way.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful thoughts, beautiful kids...especially the little one in the middle!


Lydia Covey said...

What thoughts.... what a realization.
Oh how marvelous are His plans for us. May we never seek to take the power away from Him and into our weak hands. I love what you said about better to be in a round world with Him in control than a flat world taking charge on our own. Simple yet profound.
Thank you Emma <3

Joanna Kristina said...

Beautiful and ringing with truth, thank you for this reminder!

Nan said...

I love the pictures! The one of Sarah Anne is perfect and I love Matthew's smile. Johanna, what marvelous photography. I'm blessed every time I look at your posts.


Hana - Marmota said...

Dear Emma and Johanna,
I love your blog, and I loved this post - and I would like to ask a favour from you.
I help prepare a Christian youth magazine of my church (The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren). I'm in charge of an English corner, picking articles by Christian bloggers, supplied with vocabulary, which serves both as a language learning tool and a view into the lives and views of Christians abroad. So I would like to ask you if I can use this post for the next issue, and possibly even one of the photos to accompany it. I love its meaningfulness. I would, of course, name you as the authors and include the URL of your blog, so that our readers can read more from you, if they wish to.
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