joyfully with endurance
I realized that previously
My baskets were filled
effortless, and was whispered
Through my ear gates,
The secrets, comfort, and joy
When my ear catches
The first sounds of the day
I'm traveling a different route,
Where I became aware
Of a dark alley,
A strange detour of failure
And I became silent...
One moment I know how,
Then suddenly uncertainty,
As I look at my shoes
And hear the laughs
Of the shadows,
Their laugh of victory
As I press on
I felt my knees get weak,
My gaze turned blurry,
But in me a steadfast hope
Fights against fainting,
Stirred up as I endure
As I reached out to trust
I kept a firm grip
On the rope of grace
Held on to the bars of joy...
I am not forsaken!
I press on!
I am waiting,
cause my help comes during
the early morning hour!
I’ve received an urge to write about the negative F words and I started with “Failure”. I realized that unlike the praise poetry last year, I am struggling to give utterances during my season of ” Joy”.
The above poem is about fainting and what I experienced within the first term at our school where I am a teacher. Not because of the learners or workload, but because of the spiritual battle!
All I had to do and even presently, is to trust and to lean on His words.
An emergency kit for Help from the Psalms
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
“Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.”
“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand”
“For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.”
“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.