FMF: You Beside Me

I walk along the shore with You beside me,
allowing foamy waves to lap my feet,
till You beckon me to step into the water
so You can teach me how to stand tall while the waves
ebb and flow against my knees.

A little deeper now, You say.
Here the water buoys me and rocks
me even as I’m anchored to the Rock.
The fellowship with You is sweet out here,
for the ocean’s roar has drowned all other sounds,
and I hear none but Your voice above the waves.

But what is this?
An undertow snatches sand from beneath my feet,
and yet I stand.
Then darkness overtakes me
as a mighty hand of water hides the sun
and descends upon my head.
I hold my breath,
then I see nothing—
not even You.
The water churns and boils,
and yet
with strength that is not mine,
I firm remain.
At last the angry sea subsides,
and there I stand,
a little stronger than before,
and You there right beside me.
You always were.

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee…, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee….

Isaiah 43:1-2

What does this have to do with practice? Easy. You have to practice standing strong in the shallow water before you are ready to go out into the deeper waters. Evidently my Father thinks I’m ready for the deeper waters.

In all honesty, I did not write the poem in five minutes, but it only took me a few minutes to share it. In fact, I did not write it for FMF, but just between the Lord and me. Then this morning my Father impressed upon me to share it with you, and why not through the avenue of FMF? So here it is.


A poem in free verse written for Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday: PRACTICE
Copyright © 2019 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

Photo taken at Pensacola Beach, FL, 2017

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