Like a wild beast
A tiger crouching
Ready to pounce
And tear at my insides
As if my heart were its prey
Can’t be tamed
For every time I reach
They bite like ravenous wolves
Making me bleed tears
That fall down my cheeks
My Helper comes
Extends His arm forward
I cringe as I expect
To attack Him
But He looks at me
“Will you let Me in the gate?”
I open the gate
He goes into the wild
He pets them and calms them
Tamed at last
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Hello, and happy Monday! 🙂 The first two photos are two cats I had years ago, Simba and Sonny. I feel like I need to apologize to Jackie for using this photo again, but it captures the untamed feeling I was going for. 😅 I know this is a little different than the poems I usually post but I wanted to try something different and raw. I hope you enjoyed and have a great day! ❤
I know not what is planned for me
But I put all of my Trust in Thee
You are with me in my days of struggle.
You are my stronghold in days of trouble.
I know not what needs to be done
But I keep my eyes on You, The Son
You are with me in our days of delight
And You are with me in my darkest night
In highest peak or in the lowest valley
I know that Your Light will shine on me
I know not what is in the time to come
I only know where my strength comes from
Your Spirit is my guide
In You, I will abide
O our God, wilt Thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee. Second Chronicles 20:12
The LORD is good, astrong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him. –Nahum 1:7
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. – Isaiah 9:2
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the Vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” John 15:4
I almost feel like this is the sequel to “Jesus Will Be With Me.” Haha. 🙂
I didn’t mean to go this long without posting; I’ve been writing a novel as I mentioned in my last post (and it’s really coming along!), but I’m also having some light sensitivity, which makes it uncomfortable and sometimes painful to look at the screen for long periods of time. Therefore, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with writing my novel and reading your wonderful posts in short bursts throughout the day – while wearing sunglasses 😎 – and I haven’t spent much time in composing posts. 😅 It’s getting better now, so hopefully, I’ll get back to posting at least twice a week. 😊
**Special thanks to Margaret from The Word for posting the Isaiah 9:2 verse. Because of that verse and the timing of the posting, I was able to finish two lines that I was so stuck in finishing. 🙂 (And yes, that is a link in her name if you want to check out her wonderful blog. 😉)
If you read my post Humility – Jesus In The Wilderness, then you know I have been studying the Gospels and Andrew Murray’s book, Humility. These are a few notes I made while in Luke 5. 🙂
Luke 5:1-7: And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
Okay, so put yourself in Simon Peter’s place. They have already fished the whole night and caught absolutely nothing, and then Jesus comes along, preaches, and then tells them to launch the nets. “Why, Lord? We’ve already done that without results. Why do You want us to do that again? There can’t be any fish there.”
And Simon answering said unto Him, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net.”
I love this response. Basically, “We’ve tried that and caught nothing; but because You asked, we will do it anyway.” Acknowledging that they tried and failed (with their own power), yet, also acknowledging that He is superior and they listen. The fish weren’t there earlier, but they are now!
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
They caught nothing all night on their own, but when Jesus says “Fish, and here’s where to do it,” they catch so many that their nets broke. XD He can give more than anyone ever asks for, in His perfect timing.
And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Then they call for help and there are so many fish, their ships start to sink! That’s a lot of fish.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.
Jesus says they will from now on catch men instead of fish. And then they trusted Him and left the boats and fish to follow Him.
It is really interesting to read this and then read John 21:1-6: After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed He Himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, “I go a fishing.” They say unto him, “We also go with thee.” They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
They cast the net this time without the “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing…” comment. They had been through this before. I assume that as soon as He told them to fish out of the right side of the boat, they knew it was Him, and they knew to follow His leading and just do it. Humility – knowing that He is God and that we are not. (That line about Him being God and we are not came from a song called Thy Will by Hillary Scott & Family. My Internet connection isn’t good enough to load YouTube videos, but I think this is it.)
Even if it doesn’t make sense to us at the time, His way is the best way!