She has never flown free.
The flight of fear – yes, she has fled down that dirt road.
Shadows on either side grasping at her,
A storm of threats echoing behind, chasing her down.
She flew to escape
to prove (to whom?)
to find a new Truth
But the chain remained.
Infinitely long, it tethers her to shame
to the volcano about to erupt again.
How can a wounded bird break free?
She takes the greatest risk of all;
She thrusts out her fettered heart
And turns her head.
She cannot watch.
She has tried flight,
tried to fight;
now she freezes.
Will you tighten her bonds?
Or will you lead her to Jesus?
The featured image, “Crabapples in Tayton,” is courtesy of Lancia E. Smith and is used with her glad permission for Cultivating.
Athena is grateful to live in spectacular Colorado Springs, where she can look up at the mountains and be reminded of the nearness of God.Hiking, reading, and spending time with her family over absurd quantities of Shire-worthy food are her passions. She and her husband, Jon, tend a bit of earth and a small flock of silly chickens. Athena considers writing a privilege and a wonder, and hopes her work will encourage each reader to lean into the shaping work of God.
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