Unlikely places

Mark 6:20 “…When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.”*



Go ahead, speak in unlikely places

share as the chance comes along

even if hearts appear calloused—

cold as stone.


Despite status, title or position

all have the same God-shaped soul

 when a heart is softened and ready—

only God knows.


poem and photo by Patty Perkins


Something must have quickened in Herod’s heart as he heard John speak because John’s words puzzled him. The story comes to a tragic end and Herod orders John beheaded (see Mark 6). I can’t help but wonder if Herod had paid attention to his puzzled heart and pursued answers…if the outcome could have been different. He was closer to believing than outward appearance showed.

*The One Year Bible, February 22, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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