A Sunday morning poetry reflection inspired by 1 Kings 19:11 – 13
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11-13 ESV
A gentle whisper That is how you came Not in the powerful wind Earthquake or fire But gently whispering
A whisper so peaceful A presence so identifiable No doubt That it is only God touching earth
Your power, your strength So strong, yet so gentle There is no way to ignore Your presence as a whisper Passing by
Your whisper Your strength and power Now lives in us Through your Holy Spirit Still powerful and true
A power not to be taken frivously Taking God for granted His spirit Living in us Whispering tremendous power
Power that rose Jesus From death to life For us to live Not in the grave But joyous in victory
No situation to big or small God whispers Let me do this And break the chain So you can walk with me freely
Dear younger self If I could go back and give you advice I would firstly tell you You don't know everything like you think you do Take the advice
Love who you are Embrace it Don't desire attention Love is pure not selfish It is not lust Being the prettiest, wealthiest or cleverest
You don't need comparison Perfection or acceptance Learn to be yourself Love yourself Accept yourself for who you are No one else is like you You are unique
You are not perfect and will never be It doesn't matter Pray Love Jesus Stand firm Wear your armour Love others no matter what
Sing out loud Who cares that it is out of tune Dance like your dad Rhythm is not needed Do not let anyone steal your sparkle Rejoice
Praise God Let him in every mundane part of your life Hold firm to his promises Just live each moment With God alone
You are saved by grace Nothing can change that Even when you don't know it You are influencing all around You have wonderful friends and family Most importantly You have the most awesome God Who provides in the most awesome way Never leaving or forsaking you
Love life It is precious Embrace life and who you are
It's not about us It's all about you We humbly walk with God the father Jesus the son The Holy Spirit Living in us Keep our eyes on you Our hearts beating as yours Acting justly Showing mercy Humbly walking Doing God's will Not looking for praise That points to us But only to the father above
A few weeks ago I wrote about embracing life just where we are.
I have a friend that has been in hospital for over 6 weeks now. She is going through a tough and challenging time.
My friend’s mum is a Christian but she has never chosen that path. My friend hasn’t made a commitment to Christ, but she is on the verge of something.
I find it hard at times to openly approach people about my faith. If I am asked I can talk about it for hours. If I am not asked it isn’t so easy.
When I approach my faith with others I like to put it in action or in ways they can understand. I was praying how I can approach this with my friend when she is only allowed one nominated visitor, which is her daughter. COVID prevention rules. My friend is so unwell all communication has been through others or messaging.
I felt that God was telling me to make her some prayer cards. I am not an artist or artistically gifted. However I can be creative. So I decided to embrace the challenge.
I made prayer cards based on the fruit of the spirit. Writing the prayers was easy. How to make them look a wee bit pretty that I needed to embrace.
I used the little talent I do have and jazzed it up. I cut, stuck and glued with my own hand writing and adding some dots to it.
I bravely got the cards to my friend in hospital and she loves them. She has been showing them to the hospital Chaplin and others.
My prayer now is that she uses them and they open up conversations about Jesus and making a commitment.
So if you feel you are not gifted or challenged in doing something out of your comfort zone. Embrace the challenge and let the Holy Spirit lead. You may be surprised at the result.