small world

Hey God,
Heres a thing I like about you.
You have never, as far as I know,
demanded that I stay in my lane.
A pundit shouted this yesterday,
“stay in your lane!”
and while it was not about me exactly,
I was within hearing.
As a rather immoderate lane changer myself,
I wondered.

But as far as I can tell, God, you
are totally ok with switching lanes.
Or even getting off the highway altogether,
winding up and around some country road
that looks like it’s going nowhere,
but ends up in a pasture surrounded by trees,
the purple hills misty in the distance.
And  just outside mud-spattered metal and glass
-poking up their heads from what at first
looked like just a ditch
but is now revealed to be a garden of delight-
the first yellow flowers of spring.



Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.

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