Sunday, July 27, 2014

This Time I'll Lie Here

This time I'll lie here
Not the things
nor the symptoms

but the root and the cause

I'll lie here
Surrendered,
God

Don't listen to my wants
Don't listen to my "needs"
Search past them
Til You're deep enough
To see what's true for me

I don't want to vacate the space
in a moment
as I've done before

Or slide into a moment
discontentedly
and desperate

As I have also done
to somehow offset
minor pain

This time
I'll ease onto the cross
slowly
and committedly

I'll still brace myself for nails
but not squirm free of them
or swipe my arm away
before the nails...

not this time

because I trust You
to redeem from the suffering
more than you can
with who I now am

because I believe You
when You say
that resurrection
is always preceded
by suffering's fellowship

My life is Your life
and my life's in Your hands.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dry Bones

"Can these bones live?"
God asked Ezekiel.

And sometimes
I am truly grateful
That He did not first
put that question to me.

We're so sure
On this side of it
What we would want to say.

We're so sure
we'd have faith to believe.

What a question!

"Thou knowest,"
Ezekiel says.

And God honors him
for the simple fact
that he told Him
he believed.

Not a vision of dehydrated
skeletons
will most of us see,
Lord

But there will be vision
tested
by the valley
between what You promise
and what is seen

I want to remember
when perhaps all things
seem hopeless

that You have strengthened my faith
to believe

The first milestone
didn't seem as helpless

the second turning point
amazed and awed me

that last battle
You fought while I trusted

Brought me here
So I'd say, "I believe!"


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