Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Resolve.

Refine. Resolve. Redeem.
Stretched between the scorched and heated
desert of refinement,
and the lush, ripe, fruit-dripping
land of redemption,
I find myself in the
rivers of resolve.
Resolve:
to decide firmly on a course of action.
Resolve.
Gifted to me amongst gracefall.
Oh, these aren't rivers one may effortlessly wade in.
These rivers require work.
Spiritual muscle.
Marathon endurance.
Pushing through the rushing current of Lies
that fish for my attention,
eager to hook and sink
and pull me underneath
into the dark waters of inadequacy and failure.
But,
resolve says
I
have
enough.
Anchored.
Firm.
Steadfast.
Hope remains.
Always on the horizon.
Even in dark of night,
when the Pirate of Deceit mocks
and threatens to steal
what's not rightfully his,
just to toss it overboard as worthless plundered loot.
Resolve says
I have
and
I
am
treasure.
On a route marked with heaviness and fragility,
where deep waters attempt to chart off-course, capsize,
sink
and drown,
I am firmly choosing to stay afloat.
Afloat in belief
that the painful, and at times, relentless waves of refinement
are indeed mercy waves.
Not due to punishment or test,
but rather,
Yes rather,
birthed out of pure and perfect love,
sea boundless love.
Resolve.
Through the refinement,
that prepares a heart
to be
lacking of nothing.
That withstands heat
because
it's more precious than gold
and worth keeping,
worth perfecting.
Trading depth of doubt
for depth of determination.
That just around the riverbend,
redemption
awaits.
Resolved to wait,
to endure,
to persevere,
to claim,
to believe,
to trust
the Captain of this ship,
the Anchor for my soul,
the Author and Perfector of this course of faith.
Resolve.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
James 1:2-6

1 comment:

  1. This is heart wrenchingly real and true. Hauntingly beautiful

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