A lesson from what was not a haiku

First of all, let me say that I started out to give you the poem I wrote — which I thought was a haiku. But guess what? I got it backwards. Dyslexia — I guess.

For some reason I thought the pattern went 7–5–7 but just as I was set to publish I checked again and it is 5–7–5.

So the poem I will be sharing is NOT a haiku.

I used to write more poetry. But, somehow that has slipped away. Today as I read my verse in Scripture these words flowed out in the form of a not-haiku 7–5–7 syllables. The words are not about nature or seasons so I would guess it would not have been a legitimate haiku anyway.

What is a haiku?

Merriam Webster states the definition of Haiku as:

  • an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively

As a public school teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this form of poetry (and did it correctly back then)— along with limericks. Using words to express my thoughts — without form or being wordy.

How my foray into poetry this morning started.

Today I read from Philippians 2:12 to start:

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,”

That verse got me thinking and praying. After listening to God I heard the word ARTICULATION.

What is articulation?

Yes, that’s right articulation. Once again I went to Merriam to see what I could find. 

A joint between two bones of cartilage, state of being interrelated and act of giving expression. 

MMM. Thinking. I searched for a biblical definition and found this definition

— to put into words. 

I found in Strong’s Concordance this meaning: laleó #2980 as in Matthew 10:19–20

to talk

“But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

And the truth will set you free. Free to write. Free to paint. Free to speak.

Bible Art by Janis Cox.

God speaking through me as I write. I love that. I pray for that.

That led me to Jeremiah 23:29

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”

You can see the Bible art that came from that scripture at the top of the post.

My calling

Just speaking my faith, what I learn through the Word, what I learn through a sermon — that’s what I am called to do.

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Painting my faith — to help me learn and to share with others.

Bible Art by Janis Cox

As I write, paint, pray, study and listen to God His Word of Truth leads me on to inspire others and to open doors to freedom, peace, and contentment.

“Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you (John 8:32).”

And what we say to one another is eternal. 

Bible Art by Janis Cox. A free email Bible art course available.

Finally, at long last, I will share my “not haiku” with you.

To keep quiet about the TRUTH
Hurts not only me
But chokes LIFE from others.

Image from Pablo — words by Janis Cox

May I pray for you and me?

Father, as we write, paint, teach, study, pray and listen, help us to hear Your Word. Your Word is truth. And the truth will set us free. Help us to study Your Word. Make it easy to understand. Set fire in our spirits to tell others. Help us to be gentle in spirit, kind in heart and use words to speak Your truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you are interested in joining others who want to learn more about God through study and creativity, join us at Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word. We are in this together to learn to speak His truth.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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