Grounded

I sink my feet in

Into the cement of Your Word

It wraps around my legs

I am locked into its grip

 

The earth quakes beneath

The four winds of uncertainty

Strike me from every side

But I am not moved

 

Economies fail and empires fall

Predictions miss their mark

The unthinkable becomes reality

But nothing can shake Your Word

 

For every challenge

I have a promise

I have a truth for every lie

I have a hope which is anchored in heaven

Hope

You shone Your light

Into my dark world

Pierced the night of my sorrows

With a ray of hope

 

The black mist over my eyes

Melted away as Your truth

Lit up the path before me

Like beacons on a runway

 

You led me back

To the path of Your calling

Led me from my wandering

To the straight path

 

I cling to Your Word

Like a cast adrift sailor

Grips to a buoy

You keep me from going under

The Shallows

It’s easy in the shallows

Life is so calm, so relaxing

The crystal water is cool to the touch

So refreshing as it trickles over your worn feet

 

It’s easy in the shallows

The current is weak, non-existent

The pull to the sea is easily ignored

Swatted away like an irritant fly

 

It’s easy in the shallows

There is no commitment, no permanence

You can enter and leave the water at will

Bail out whenever it gets too much

 

It’s easy in the shallows

There’s no effort, no struggle

You stay marooned on the dry river bank

And watch life pass you by

The Storm Inside

The storm whipped up around me

Swirling up bitter winds and biting rains

As I shivered in its centre

A fiercer storm awoke in me

 

It accelerated far quicker than the outer

Gathering angry, black clouds

Staining the blue skies of my heart

Like charcoal on a white dress

 

Fear began to build in the atmosphere

And let rip with large roars of thunder

Discharging panic through me

Like lightning rippling through the frantic air

 

Through it all You waited

Waited for me to trust You

As my worries like a whisk

Kept my inner storm spinning

 

I cried out and thunder stopped to listen

The lightning froze in its path

I won’t carry this burden any more

I won’t let what I can’t control steal my peace

 

The winds began to drop

Calm descended from above

As You dealt with the storm outside

Inside I could see the blue skies

Shining through again

 

In the Battle

Lift up your head

Though the battle rages

And an army approaches

Do not let fear darken your heart

 

See the light piercing through the cloud

Know that I am here

Though you wield sword and shield

It is I who will fight this battle

 

As the footsteps thud down

Like drums of impending doom

Tune into My song in your heart

Let its peaceful tune echo inside

 

Let the words of love flow through you

Know that I am committed to you

That even in your darkest moments

I will not leave you

 

Let that be the sound

That rings in your ears

As you make your advance forward

As you face up to another battle

Waiting Here For You

Life has passed by in a blur

Like a comic book the days flick past

They merge into a single motion; the colours intermingling

The brilliant oranges, the fiery reds

The murky browns and the shadowy blacks

All splattered on the pages, telling my story

Reminding me of the intricate fabric that makes up my life

There have been good times and there have been bad times

But at all times I wait for You

 

Life has so many phases

It’s like changing trains

The hustle and bustle and the flustered face as you try to find your seat

The cold, unfamiliar eyes that stare back at you

Life refuses to stay constant

Like a restless child, it can’t stay still for a second

It shakes the foundations underneath your feet

And all that you were used to falls away

But at all times I wait for You

 

And yet life can feel so static

Like you stuck in a frozen frame

Like the track is stuck on repeat

Monotony has stripped everything down to grey

Like damp paint peeling from the walls

Everywhere you look you see mirrors,

The same, pale reflection of life in every one

You search for meaning behind what you do

And the answer disappoints

What happened to the adventures of life?

The wild explorations and the sudden surprises

It can be so easy to become discontent

But at all times I wait for You

 

Dark days

They punctuate life at various intervals

Like daggers piercing the skyline; they take up the view

The sun dims and the clouds seem darker and thicker than before

The way you look at life changes

You realise that pain could be around every corner

Life doesn’t seem as stable

It is easy to let the dark, whispering mists occlude your view

To let them blind you from the truth

But at all times I wait for You

 

I don’t know what is on the next page of life

I don’t know how it will all unfold

But I know that You do

And I know that You will lead me

That is why I wait

Though the colours are still mixed

The bright amongst dark

I know that at the end You will wipe every tear

And only the good will remain

Sunken Pits

Sunken pits in a vast wasteland

Designed to trap and maim

Mists of fog hang like a veil

All you can see is the next few metres

 

You climb out of one but fall into another

Again and again the pattern repeats

You are trapped in this cycle

Traversing this dead land alone

 

In every pit you fall comes the agonising choice

As your face lies in the dust

The silence screaming in your ear

Do you get up, do you try again?

Can you face the pain of the climb once again?

 

If the mist would rise

And your line of vision became unhindered

You would see the beautiful landscape ahead

You would see that this wasteland is finite

 

You are walking again but you are terrified

You walk in a shuffle

Your heart in your mouth with every step

If only there was a light to show you the way

 

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105