by Karen L. Oberst
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple,
But only God can count the number of apples in a seed.*
Like a frog, I leap into my new life.
Like a butterfly, I burst the bonds of my cocoon.
Like a new formed bud on a limb, I push my head into the sunlight,
Like an eagle chick, I stretch my wings and fly.
Did you see me in the tadpole?
Did you see me in the cocoon?
Did you see me on the tree's bare branch?
Did you see me in the egg?
God sees us.
Sees not only who we are
But who we could be.
Sees the possibility behind the reality.
God knows how high this frog can leap.
God knows how much beauty this butterfly can spread.
God knows how much fruit this blossom can produce.
God knows how high this eagle can soar.
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles...**
May I catch my maker's vision
And leap and spread beauty and fruit and soar,
To fulfill God's plan for this human being -
To be the blessing I could be in this world.
* H. Robert Schuller
** Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)