I discovered a wonderful 92 year old lady through a video clip and her poetry. Her name is Wanda Goines. She wrote a poem, profound in simplicity yet deep in meaning, called "The Gift Wrap and the Jewel". Since I am a visual person, I looked for images to try to depict an illustration to deepen meaning to her words. The first image signifies a wrapped gift box in full life and energy of the seasons of spring, summer and fall. The second gift box is wrapped in burlap with plain ribbon in a representation of the winter season in our lives, as our bodies become aged and worn.
The beautiful jeweled photo below is my attempt to find an image that remotely serves as an illustration of the essence that lives inside of our
physical bodies. We can all have our own interpretations of the energy in form that exists in spirit.... who has seen spirit? But who has felt the dynamics of spirit! Both are alive - the human
and the spirit, throughout all the seasons of our lives but spirit does one better. When the body dies in its mortality, the spirit lives on in its immortality.
We come in variety of boxes in wrappings of color, pattern and style - shaped by the dynamics of human living and circumstance. However, the jewel always was and placed within the setting of human by the breath of God. Let Wanda's poem speak to you in the destiny we yearn for in the Master's hands as the gift-wrap fades and the jewel brightens.
"The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel" by Wanda B. Goines
"I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
But a little old lady peering back at me.
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair
And I asked my reflection, how did you get there?
You can also watch the video at this link and hear the poem in Wanda's words:
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hands..... and here is a reminder out of Malachi 3:17, "They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, On that day I make them My jewels. And I will spare them"
Join me in two weeks at The Turn-Up Patch on Monday, October 12.