The Dilemma of the Black Eyed Susan
I used to travel along an old field road
Journeying contentedly and all alone.
My sneaker clad or sandaled feet
Followed a sandy lane to the rows of trees.
The grass was olive green as I passed the hay
And acres of corn along the way.
But the favorite sight that caused me to pause and sigh
Were the yellow daisies with deep, black eyes.
There was something special, something unique
About the black-eyed Susan’s slender physique
Other daisies grew there, I had no doubt
As yellow and white, they dotted my route.
But this daisy was different, I thought with a sigh
While contemplating about the flower with a black eye.
It stood tall and alone in the grassy field
Wanting to be noticed, but with timidity remained concealed.
Oh, that lemon tinted bloom with a black eye
Waving in the wind, beneath the summer sunshine.
What hidden tenderness you softly convey
On this hazy and warm summer day
You dare to be different from the rest
You determine to remain alone and not impress
Anyone else who this way may wander
Nor cause them to pause and internally ponder.
But when I wander by; when I pass through,
I silently notice you, standing erect and true.
You do not bend to the grass or weeds
You’re not apt to follow another’s lead.
Instead you remain poised and pointing to the sky
Where the loving Lord lives and watches on high.
You don’t mind remaining forever alone
Until you wilt and your short life here is done.
You know and accept your part, for God has a plan;
A purpose for you and for us all. If I could just understand
If I could just be truly content and be sure
Knowing that in Jesus, my life is indeed safe and secure.
For I have asked Jesus to live forever in my heart
And he has dwelled in me promising to never depart.
But I don’t comprehend everything; I don’t know God’s entire plan
So I wander aimlessly from one day to the next seeking to understand.
But somehow I know just to remain content and steadfastly true
Remembering God’s love endures forever for me and for you.
That is good enough for you to know, the Lord seems to gently say
The answer of the blacked eyed Susan’s dilemma is to just faithfully stay;
Remain still knowing that God’s love is forever, eternally, the same
For today, tomorrow, and for all of your yesterdays which already came.
Romans 8:28 (Holy Bible New International Version):
“And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”