“He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and shall stay outside his tent seven days.” Leviticus 14:8

There would be no hiding for anyone undergoing this process.

Oh Lord, help me deal with the uncomfortableness of being exposed and transparent so others can see You at work in me. And here’s a simple poem . . .


Trees drop their leaves
and stand exposed
to winter’s stare

vulnerable before men
they reach for God
and await transformation.


  1. Terrific!
    I never saw it this way
    maybe because there is no winter in here
    wherein i can appreciate the changing of the season
    from barren to abundant.
    Once i was seemingly a dead tree
    and now the limbs are with leaves.
    Can’t wait for the ripening of the fruits!
    Thank you for the great hope
    of newness and abundance
    that you have given today Deb!

  2. You are so sweet. I love how you can read something simple and let God turn it into something abundant in your heart! 🙂 You always bless me . . .thank you!

  3. in a workshop I took recently the teacher talked about the veins of the leaves and thinking of the veins in our bodies. that could be another powerful bit of tree imagery you could weave into a piece 🙂

  4. Thank you Jessie! You have me thinking of some of the leaves I see where the veins really contrast with the leaf color. 🙂

  5. Deb, Vulnerable, exposed, and transparent. I’m not sure I like those words right now, though they are just the ones I need to ponder. Peace, Linda

  6. I know what you mean, Linda. I felt so bad . . .I wrote this up and gave it to my daughter’s horse therapy person . . .just to share. Scared her. She thought I was meaning it was for her, specifically! Oops! God bless you in all that He has for you!

  7. That is poetry – that’s amazing – not a wasted word – every syllable lined up just so. Standing exposed, waiting for transformation. Wow.

    Short Simple Impeccable Poem.

    It’s like what if a neon billboard of my sins was constantly hovering over my head for EVERYBODY to see. Maybe I’d sin less. But I’d be like those trees.

    I heart your stuff deb – and thank you for visiting me. It means the world. You – and Linda – who were there before the beginning.

    gobs of thank you

  8. Gobs of thank you right back, Craig! 🙂 There is something so beautiful to me about the stark trees against the gray sky. Only now can I see all the details . . .all the bird and squirrel nests, how the limbs and twigs lay, where some have broken off. I want God to see all the details of my life, like those trees. I don’t want to try to hide anything from Him, even if it means others can see it too. 🙂 Now, I need to get over to read your post for today! yippee!

  9. Oh Goodness… Thanks, Deb

    I echo your thoughts, Linda. Not liking them. Needing to ponder them.

    A friend and I were talking today about song lyrics and what they mean and whether we can truly sing ” All to thee I freely give”. All? Freely? Give? … I think that’s asking for a transformation if one was ever asked for!

    Psalm 139 (again) Search me and know my thoughts… In the searching He sometimes reveals what we don’t want to see or even what we don’t want others to see.

    If my eyes are stayed on Him then He will keep me in perfect peace throughout this transformation process. The winds of winter are harsh ;-( . It takes a lot to stand there and wait for the transformation but Spring will eventually come. Till then, He will give us strength to go through the process.

    Thanks for your prayer. Your thoughts hit the nail smack dab on the head.


    P.S. – Thanks again for today’s entry, Deb. There is way too much in here to digest at one sitting. I’ll go ponder in my heart like Mary did.

  10. I have thought about some of those song lyrics too, Ann. Easier to sing than to do, I guess! And I can feel like I’ve given Him everything, until He shows me the next thing and the next thing and . . . ha! I’ll be pondering with you and wanting to embrace whatever needs to be exposed before Him. . .and others. (gulp. did I just say that?) Thank you so much for helping me to stand in my faith!

  11. Oh Deb!

    What a beautiful explanation of that verse…and the poem was so wonderful!


  12. thank you for always understanding my heart and supporting the Jesus in me! 🙂 God bless you!

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