There is a time when positivity might seem like naïveté, when, faced with the grim reality of war and refugees, assault and pain, earthquakes and famine, someone remains lighthearted and joyful. However, when the nature of God is considered–how He is great in might and terrible in beauty, righteous and just in ALL His ways, loving to all of creation, His faithfulness reaching to the skies, it reveals that we have nothing to fear–there is ROOM for positivity because the One who holds the world in His hands is not only more than able, but He delights to care for us. Yes, things may go haywire or even descend into chaos but He has given us a Guidebook that reveals the end result as well as provides guidance for the moment. And He is never absent, rather, He’s promised never to leave or forsake us. So while positivity may look like naïveté, it’s not–at least when coupled with this conviction. Rather, it is security, rest, and trust in a Father bigger than any problem, catastrophe, or war that might besiege.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.c
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shieldsd with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
When you say you’re growing
it means it’s not your strength.
With diligence and baby steps,
you can rise to first from tenth
Not that tenth is terrible
if there are, let’s say, a lot,
but if there’s only 10…
It’s not the highest spot.
Moving on, along those lines,
I must admit to this:
my current point of growth in life
is working on my thesis.
There’s lots of room for growth.
Interpret as you may.
When, I ventured to the library,
I found it closing for the day.
Intentional or not,
the clock read 59.
Movie times and hunger pangs
began to occupy my mind.
Plus the sky was dripping
lovely shades of blue;
the likelihood of research
lessened as I stood
the way it takes you by surprise.
When you want to do what’s right,
they’ve changed to summer times.
I wiped my rained on bike seat off,
jumped upon my bike,
Sped off in jubilation
To do exactly as I like.
Diligence and baby steps
They were my friends today
I took a bike-ride ’round the town–
Intention not to play.
But as for now, I’m kicking back;
those new friends have gone.
They’ll be back, but now old friends
have come to cheer me on!
When tomorrow’s on your mind
You tend be confined
To the item of your worry
So surrender quick, and hurry!
God’s got it all in hand
He after all, does understand
More than your mind can fathom
That mind corrupt from Adam
Though it’s true
In Christ we’re new
So what Adam
in the Son of Man
God in His sovereignty
Has made us royalty
So all our needs, they’ve been met
As all His promises, they’ve been kept.
No need at all to fret.
Don’t squash your dreams! We each have a role to play in the body of Christ!! We may not know HOW to operate in our given roles and gifts but God will take care that we learn. Like an infant, first we discover we have hands and feet, but we may not know what they’re for! But then! Little by little, we learn how to use those appendages! By faith we reach out to fill a need or to do something we want to do, like a toddler may learn to feed himself or make a mud pie! Dreams and desires many times correspond with our roles in the body of Christ! We can trust God to utilize us in the most efficient way, like a person will utilize his body parts to work and rest, if we will only be faithful and obedient.
here is a sprightly poem
once again real late at night
poems are nocturnal
in the way they make me write
of course its all fun wordplay
happ’ly scrambling ’bout
no thing can stop its coming
except for some time-out
time out that says its time for bed
why are you awake
go to sleep you funny brain
you need to take a break!
but then that poem, with its vigor,
and in its nightly state
just continues and continues
not getting that its late.
because I’m not a quitter
i put up with it
but my mind, that’s not prepared,
hopes I’d be, a bit.
in the end I stick it through
as they poem dances ’round
the issue of my weariness
and all advice I know is sound.
when wordplay’s finally over
and rhymes are tired out
my brain and fingers get some rest
and thats it, folks–I’m out!
Walking on the waters,
You invited me to come
And follow after you
I had only five loaves and two fish, and You, having compassion on the crowd of thousands, told me to satisfy their hunger.
I didn’t realize that You are the Bread of life
Calling not the righteous, but sinners,
You asked to dine with me.
And the balm of Gilead
Applied for the healing of my mind and soul,
Will soothe the wounds of my heart.
The light of the world,
You opened my eyes,
And made me see
As the Word made flesh,
You commanded me to open my mouth
That You might fill it
Alone with the Father,
You chose to call me out of the crowds
Into fellowship with you.
You, the Key of David,
Unlocked the hidden hopes of my heart
You will guard what I’ve entrusted to You.
And you will walk with me,
As I follow You.
Sustainer of my soul
Living Water for my thirst
Comforter in my grief
Wonderful Counselor in my confusion
I hide my soul in You.
Under the shadow of Your wings I take shelter.
And I wait on You.
Trusting You only,
Lord of all
God with us,
I wait on you.