Saturday, May 26, 2007


Israel, awed by Jericho’s wall,
Knew force alone would fail.
God’s orders seemed unusual—
Just walk—and you’ll prevail.
God’s children probably wondered
If orders that seemed so meek
Could destroy a mighty city
Of mockers who thought them weak…
Still they marched when God commanded,
Shouted at trumpet blast,
Saw a stronghold circled in faith
Fall to the ground at last.
When David guarded little sheep
And sang out in the field,
His brothers saw him as unfit
To fight with God as shield.
It looked absurd to see the boy
With slingshot in his hand
Challenge the Philistine warrior
Of build and armor grand.
Yet his strength lay not in slingshot
Or king’s armor lent by Saul—
A little pebble flung in faith
Is what made a giant fall.
You ask if I can conquer
The foes I face today,
If wind blowing hard upon me
Wouldn’t sweep me right away.
You say that I’m mistaken
If I think I shall prevail,
As you look at all the battles,
Storms, mountains I must scale .
How can I claim the victory
Of battles yet unfought?
My enemies have chariots,
Fleet steeds for the onslaught.
My gates, they are surrounded
By warriors so strong,
Rich with plunder from past victories;
Loud rings their battle song.
But do not be confused: although
I’m weak, you may be sure
That I’m protected by a fortress,
Tall, strong and secure.
No, I do not ride a chariot,
Or have a lance of steel—
But my God’s a man of war who
Crushes evil with His heel.
You ask how I know I’ll triumph?
And I say, see my shield,
My sword, my captain—He’s the one
Who for me wins the field.
For though I may strive and labor,
I can’t win on my own.
Yet when I rest my faith in Christ,
And walk His path alone…
And walk though I can’t see victory,
And walk when things look grim,
Then I know that I will triumph
For my faith rests in Him.
by Holly (5/07)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Show me, that I might obey...

God, show me.
Do I need to surrender?
Tell me what it is you want.
I may need help to obey,
But first I need to know
What obeying means today.
I'm willing to give things up,
But I can't give them up with peace
Unless I know You really want me to.
There isn't any joy for me in making choices
If I don't know which ones bring joy to You.
You might be showing me things, God,
But I'm so unsure.
Help my hearing.
Let me see.
I feel like a broken record, God...
But life isn't always so poetic.
I'm not asking for Your whole plan now, God.
I'm asking for one step to be shown.
I want to obey, God.
With all of my heart, I want to obey.
I do so want my life to please You.
I don't know if my human desires line up with the plans You have,
But I want to obey.
I've seen my own desires changing.
I don't know what that means or where I'm going.
I do know that I want to do what You want me to.
That might mean doing things I would naturally choose on my own.
Or it might mean doing things I've never wanted for myself,
And the only reason why I'd want them now
Is the fact that You do,
And You know what's best.
For I know it doesn't really matter what seems best to me.
My purpose doesn't lie in pleasing me.
Just show me, God.
Show me what You want, I pray.
Clearly. Today. Every day.