The Shack in the Back
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
At the very back corner of the property there stands an old shack, a tree standing sentry behind it.
The shack is full of cast off things, fencing and posts and tires and trash. The tree seems to bend the wrong way, as if caught in the grips of an ever present storm.
The most striking thing about the old shack and its sentinel are how solid and sturdy they are - after who knows how many years - despite the dilapidated condition of the shack, and the tree, well its quite dead.
(you'd have to meet her to understand...) said I should hang a dead chicken in the doorway and present it as a dark and scary scene. I told her that was her story to write, not mine.
Today, I prefer to view the shack and its' sentinel as images of perseverance over time, despite the adversity faced and the hardships endured. Like this picture, some days we may feel broken and twisted, our insides may feel like they are filled with cast off things.
Yet, look a little closer at the colors in the weathered wood, the twisting branches somehow still standing, the beauty of the setting sun. That hidden strength which holds up the shack and its' sentinel. Look hard, its there.
If we chose to look, more days than not, we can find that same sort of strength and beauty reflected in our lives.