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Warrior Poet Circle (Vol. 15): Crossing the Red Sea


My heart pounds in my ears,
Like a thousand drums banging in rhythm
Panic makes me feel as small as a grain of sand as
We see first sign of the Egyptians pursuing
An anonymous voice echoes our fears
“Did you bring us here to die in the wilderness?”
My dread goad me to add, “yeah!” as others pipe in
In the noise, I look at my wife and children
We’re no warriors, all we’ve known is slavery
Fathers and grandfathers and great grandfathers
All slaves. And this Moses tells us God will help us now
“The Lord himself will fight for you…” he assures
What about all these years? All the pain and anguish?

I want to believe, but years of hopelessness rush back
Darkening the void and crowding out faith
“Please God” I mutter, looking in my daughter’s eyes–
Wait! There’s a cloud behind us, enemies stopped
Now a fire burns brighter, lighting up the night
I cautiously hope until my eyes greet the mocking sea
Lowering my head, closing my eyes–I wait
Until the strongest wind shoots through my very bones
Descriptions defied, amazement descends
The depths have fled and silence turns to deafening cheers
In a moment, I have seen the Lord’s mighty hand prevail
With every dry-ground step, joy erupts
My fears are cast like stones into this defeated sea


20110425-122442.jpgWelcome to the 15th edition of the Warrior Poet Circle. Time to pull up a seat, gather around the fire, and pour out our verses.

This time we’re meditating on Exodus 14 and the crossing of the Red Sea. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be the follower there, to have all the feelings of someone who doesn’t have a word from God and must trust. Even seeing all the miracles in Egypt, it would still be difficult not to let fear win out.

If you have a contribution today, add it below. Be sure to go and visit those participating too as your able.

For next time (Monday, August 1), let’s use Comfortable as our prompt.


What’s an impossible situation God has led you through?

10 Comments

  1. Moving and emotion inspiring, Jason. Thank you for sharing.

    In my moment of despair, He is there. His timing is best and his solution without compare. In Him, I am freed from the death’s threat, as on Him I entrust all my care.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Abraham – A Record of the Genealogy of JesusMy Profile

    • Yes and amen. Thanks so much, Dusty.

  2. This is really good! I really could feel the emotions going through the characters.

    Blessings,
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    Child of God recently posted..Train Ride Through LifeMy Profile

    • Thank you so much. Appreciate your comment!

  3. God doesn’t need an army. He simply asks for faith. Good poem, Jason. And thanks for hosting.
    Glynn recently posted..The waters were gatheredMy Profile

    • Amen. And today more than ever, I appreciate your participation. 🙂 Thanks Glynn.

  4. The ending to this poem just kept me enthralled and my heart beat a little faster!

    Loved it.

    And I loved what Glynn said.

    🙂

    This poem thing.. it’s cool.

    • Thanks DS! I really enjoyed writing this one a lot. 🙂 And I agree with you on both counts.

  5. I love the way your express yourself, Jason -- I need to do more of this -- it’s very cleansing and healing. There’s something about words that when used right bring wonderful imagery. Thanks 🙂

    • That’s why I started writing poetry regularly again. It was such a different way to express things and it’s so much fun! Hope you’ll join in with us sometime, Cindy. Thanks.

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