Monday, September 21, 2009

My Howling Heart - Monday Manna

"Monday Manna," is hosted by Joanne Sher at An Open Book.  Visit her blog for links to more meditations on Exodus 14:14.

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Right now life is going pretty smoothly. Today anyway.  Yet, when I'm knee-deep in troubles I have to remind myself that, over and over again, scripture tells me to "Fear not."  Moses and the Israelites knew a thing or two about fear and the context for today’s verse is found in the Exodus narrative. Passover joy has turned to terror.  The Israelites are backed up against the sea. As Pharaoh’s chariots close in, Moses tells the Israelites--

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.  [Exodus 14:14 NIV]
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My Howling Heart

Forgive me Lord for freaking out
When I turn my face toward trouble and my back on blessing
I see attackers closing in and miss the waters opening up
My secret heart fears that you will not fulfill the promises you made to me 
In my captivity

Forgive me Lord for complaining
When I slap at your face in the wilderness
I grieve familiar shackles; flinch from fresh freedom
When I fight with you; when my fight is not with you 
You fight for me

Forgive me Lord for moving
My mouth
My lips
My tongue
Quiet my howling heart and turn my feet toward the promised land
As chariots tumble in the sea


Joanne Sher said...

Oh yes! This is my prayer as well. Just EXCELLENT, Karen - and thanks for joining us for Monday Manna, my friend!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a great post!!

I LOVES the poem...and it's truly my hearts cry as well.

It's so easy to get side tracked when difficulties come in like a wave...BUT, God reminds me that my anchor holds!!!

Have a BLESSED day.