Drinking from a Slough*

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

My dog and I went for a walk,
And it had rained all night.
So there were lots of muddy puddles
Everywhere in sight.
I guess my pup was thirsty cuz
She pulled to get a drink
Right from the nasty puddles
‘stead of waiting for the sink.
Must be she didn’t notice
It looked slimy, brown and gross.
All that she seemed to notice was
That it was wet and close.
I wondered, then, how oft it is
That I have settled, too,
For something that is second best
Instead of thinking through
How God has promised to provide,
If I’ll just trust and wait
Instead of grabbing desperately
For something less than great.
Next time I think I’m needing something,
And I need it now,
I’ll picture my big dog bent over
Drinking from a slough*;
And hopefully that nasty thought
Will be more than enough
To make me wait for what God’s sending,
In time, from above.
“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have,
we must wait patiently and confidently.”
Romans 8:25 NLT
*slough [slou]    noun
1. an area of soft, muddy ground; swamp or swamplike region.
2. a hole full of mire, as in a road.
4. a condition of degradation, despair, or helplessness.  
Lisa DeVinney, June 2013

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