Luke 8:54

"And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid arise." Luke 8:54

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Desert Place

Spiritual Lessons 
A Desert Place 

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Open doors have thrilled my heart
Yet familiar are the closed ones
Lonely paths my chosen lot
With weary steps unwelcomed

And yet here in this desert place
Upheld by His scarred hands
I've learned some lessons dear to me
That came by trudging sand 

And in shadow, as in sunshine
He's been a friend to me
Somehow in my small weaknesses
I'm able to praise and sing

But only if I remember 
To stop my lips and heart
From speaking out and murmuring
The thoughts of grief that form

Is it unfair for our Potentate
to ask for hopes and dreams?
Or take from us our very life
the treasure we esteem?

He's asked of me some precious things
My health, my love, my hopes
Without a promised guarantee 
of restoration shown 

To be broken, sick and hurting
is something hard to bear
But to stand out ill and ugly
is a harder mark to wear

To love someone in silence
is grief unknown by some
and for someone not to love you back
is day without the sun

And yet these are the things He's asked
The doors He meant to close
Things He knew would draw me near 
A desert that He chose

And if my Savior asks of me
Know gladly I can give
For it prepares my timid heart
For Him through me to live

I must give it all to Jesus
My hurt, my tears, my shame
He's the only one to bear them
Lord, I'm waiting on Your name



  1. I liked it Toni,well done! I liked the last stanza the best,something I needed right now. :)
    Thanks for posting,love you!


  2. Thank you Tasha. I'm glad this was a blessing to you. My poetry is never profound or complex, but I enjoy simply putting my feelings into a short rhyming synopsis sometimes. :)