Friday, November 2, 2012

the burdened esperanza

the esperanza, the one by the back fence
drooped heavily
and even though the bright yellow flowers still elicited
feelings of cheer and goodwill
it still could not shake the burden
of all the seed pods
weighting it to the ground.
and it makes me wonder
if we, too, walk around,
flaunting our flowers and good cheer
but perhaps the one with a keen eye
realizes that at the same time,
we are also drooping,
burdened by troubles and worries and other loads
that which we were not made to carry...
loads that the Master Gardener longs to prune

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matthew 11: 29-30

Linking with Sandra on SaturdayDeidra on Sunday, and  Laura on Monday.


  1. Nice juxtaposition of what we show versus what is seen...what do I flaunt in order to mask the whole picture? Because both are real...the flowers and the weight necessary to bring them to fruition...I should honor the process & let both be present equally. Thanks for this.

  2. This title reminded me of my grandmother whose name is "Speranza" which means hope. I didn't know there was a plant called esperanza.

  3. Yes, and I wonder too, if we are attuned enough to one another to spot that drooping spirit hidden behind the "good cheer..." O that we might be more. Thought-provoking post. :) ~ Pam,

    1. This is my prayer -- that we would be attuned to each other, or at least open to His Holy Spirit so that we might know when there is a drooping spirit.

  4. Jen==So MUCH we can learn from the flowers and the garden....I liked this metaphor. Had to look up 'esperanza' plant (which does mean 'hope' in Spanish as your friend mentioned.)

    Botanical name is 'tecoma stans'. I like 'esperanza' better==there is hope for us all.

  5. When I'm feeling weighed down by my burdens, it's time to slip the pack off and take a good look at what I'm carrying around. His burden (the burden I SHOULD be carrying) is light.

    Thanks for that epiphany! I'd never thought of it that way before.

    Visiting from Deidra's this morning.

  6. I agree, the Lord is the Master Gardener and HE prunes us... I pray He does so to me, today. I'm your newest follower and rss subscriber...

  7. I love this, Jen. Yes, He knows what is best for me, of what I need to surrender and what it looks like to walk with Him. Powerful metaphor. Bless you, friend.


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