Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zebra

What does a zebra have to do with drawing closer to Father God? Well, a few years ago, seeing a zebra live and in person was a very special love gift from my Father God. I had always doubted when some scientist kind of person told me that the stripes were for camoflage. We have at times dressed prisoners in black and white stripes just to make them obvious. How is that good for concealment?

In fact, as our safari vehicle got close to the zebra herd, they stood out in the landscape. When we were close enough to make them nervous, however, they moved closer together and it became very difficult to see where one animal ended and another began. How confusing to a predator. Good plan. It inspired me to write a poem about the zebra that I think applies to us as well.


Black and white
so vivid
in a field of
tan or green.

What kind of
camoflage makes
it easy
to be seen?

But when a lion
roars around,
I know
just what to do.

My only safety
being still
and very
close to You.

I bless you today and in the days to come to be still in your soul and ever closer to Father God.


  1. Love that poem!
    Great job, Joan! I'm so glad you took part in the challenge! Congratulations on finishing!

  2. Oh Joan. What an absolutely beautiful poem and it so captures your observations in your prose. And what an apt finish to the A to Z Challenge, encouraging visitors to find their protection close to the Lord. Tremendous. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. May you draw ever nearer to the Father. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

  3. Makes me think of "Where two or three are gathered . . ." These posts have really touched the core of many wonderful truths, Joan. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. That must have been amazing to see all those zebras gathered together. I never really thought about their stripes camouflaging them, very interesting.

    Yay, you finished a-z. :)

  5. Joan, THAT WAS THE BEST! It made me smile so big! This post would make a wonderful children's book.