Linking up with my writing friends over at Lisa Jo’s for another FMF. Today’s word is BRAVE and I am happy to report that I was able to write a poem for you this week in Five minutes (since the last few weeks I have gotten off of my usual writing style). Today’s poem started out one way and pulled me in a different direction by the end. It is so interesting to see what happens when you write straight through without stopping to think or back track! If you have never tried freely writing in a time frame without over analyzing what’s coming out, it might be a fun experiment for you too. On to today’s inspiration then!
A Different Definition of Brave
I think that often when we think of the word Brave
we picture people who are fearless.
People who are STRONG
people who are capable.
People who seem like they handle life so well-
all of the ups and downs,
Without much distress.
People who can do –
And we think that WE can’t BE that.
But there is a different kind of brave.
There is a brave that has a delicate strength-
Like the tiny buds of Spring
emerging from Winter hard soil.
Dying off for a season,
but always coming back.
There is a kind of brave that sheds tears-
That allows them to spill over despite their discomfort.
That sits with the sorrow and Understands pain.
Yet Doesn’t give up because of the knowing
that tears cleanse the soul
and tomorrow will be better.
There is a kind of brave that is meek and lowly of spirit-
That turns the other cheek,
and speaks in tones of humility.
Admitting that they cannot Conquer
Brave is not always bold.
Brave is not always loud.
It does not always shout-
” I am not afraid!”
It does not have to declare its strength
like a roaring lion about to meet its prey.
No , Sometimes Brave whispers-
in a voice so low we can scarcely hear it.
Like a fading echo bouncing off rocks into nowhere,
So distant that we may not recognize that voice as our own.
And yet it is there-
in its sometimes small and timid voice
that says, “I AM afraid” .
and I don’t have all the answers,
But HE does.
And therein lies my strength.
©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2013
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for Thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV
As I was writing this today, God’s handiwork must have been present, as this wound up very different than I expected. It left me thinking about how the secular world often defines brave, and how the spiritual world (bible) defines brave. When the line came to me about being meek of spirit, I was thinking of how meek and lowly (humble) of spirit is often viewed as “weak” and lacking courage. Yet meekness is one of the fruits of the spirit. There is lots of scripture I was led to on this topic if you feel like thinking on it further. Such as:
Numbers 12:3 – Moses was very meek, above all men on face of the earth.
Matthew 11:29,30 – Jesus said, “I am meek and lowly in heart.”
Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek (gentle – NKJV), for they shall inherit the earth. Jesus declares a “blessing” (happiness) on those who are meek.
and Isaiah 57:15.
I will leave the reader to delve in to that more if you wish 🙂 HERE is a link I stumbled upon that has an entire article written on meekness and humility if you are interested in this topic. I personally found it interesting and you may like it as well.