Proverbs 11: 24
In the eastern half of the ancient world
Two seas shimmer, water unswirled
Each eschews beauty, each appears calm
One gives nothing; the other, balm.
The Salt Sea is large but keeps what’s inside
No nourishment, not one speck from any tide
Boats can’t stay upright above its deep reaches
The landscape is barren beside briny beaches.
Its hoarding is poison and lets nothing live
Surrounded by death, refusing to give
Stagnant and shrinking, to itself it will keep
In the absence of life, God’s children will weep.
Then, to the north lies the Galilee
What it gets from the Jordan, it passes out, free
Enveloped by life, its generous state
Assures a bright future, a productive fate.
Miles in the distance lie the consequences
Of the gifts of Gennesaret, plain to the senses
Verdant and green are the valleys and hills
Far away from the source their new life spills.
“One man gives freely, yet gains even more”
His world will expand through his open door
But the one who holds back limits his space
Selfishness too soon will beauty erase.
Which do you choose to be? Which way is best?
Will giving or getting keep you refreshed?
Which water moves, and which is stagnanted?
In Whose Image was all of mankind created?
Copyright 2015 margaretportergriffin
With thanks to Pastor Dennis Miller for his comparison of the two seas and its application.
Photos: Top, landscape of the Sea of Galilee; Bottom, landscape of the Dead Sea.