The Ball Of Many Beaches
by Tom Schaap, Taroona High School – Australia
Was the beach ball that hit me in the head.
Hence the beach ball.
It makes a loud “poing”
As it collides with my relaxing noggin.
I swear loudly,
“What does that mean?”
I look up,
An intrigued child is looking at me.
“Never mind” I say,
As I get up to find the culprit who threw the beach ball,
But in vain.
I fall over a small unsuspecting rock.
Now that I am fully awake,
I realise something.
Small flakes of skin reside on my beach towel,
I decide to go home soon,
But one last dip in the water first.
I step in.
Screams a girl’s voice.
I suddenly find the reason for such a racket with a shock
There is a large fin,
Poking out of the waters smooth surface.
“Well this is just ridiculous”
I think to myself.
So I go home.
A chicken’s head is only this wide (show fingers an inch or so apart) but they know enough to come in out of the rain. (meaning that someone did something very stupid)
-Native American Proverb
“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden…
The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.”
― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”
― Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
― Lou Holtz
Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba
Little and little, fills the measure
Small things, when combined together make up big things.
― Mark Rude
“If you are in a pit of stress or despair, don’t succumb to defeat. Don’t accept that difficult place as your fate. Even though God has allowed you to be there right now, he never intended for you to live there. Our God is bigger then whatever problem you are facing. The only way to see past the problem is to believe that he has not forgotten or abandoned you and that, at the exact time that he has ordained, he will reach down and pick you up.”
― Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World