Frail. Wispy. Smoke.

Kite 2

The fields are on fire. In places like Guatemala and Uganda, the white plumes rise like tufts of air-spun cotton across the countryside as the farmers burn to prepare for the planting of their crops.

The scent of sweet smoke lingers in the air. As I breathe it in, I hear familiar words of the Gardener.

“The tending leads to the harvest.”

I long to bend low, with hands outstretched, pulling life from the soil and clay. I hunger to cradle the new and the awesome. But in the tending, in the back-breaking labor that feels long and hard and without reward, I feel like the plumes.

I am frail. I am wispy. I am smoke.

A vapor. Here for a moment and then gone – perhaps never to see the blessing in the burning.

I breathe in again, and the sweet smoke smiles. It reminds me that it exists only because of the fire.

And the Gardner whispers, “you are connected to the flame.”


If you are on fire for God, don’t worry about the winds of adversity. Wind will blow out a candle, but it only makes a fire burn brighter.~ Reinhard Bonnke


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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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