Float

Hi everyone,
 
This new poem was inspired during my mission trip to Crisfield, Maryland, which I talked about in the previous post. Our theme was storms, and one day we focused on the Noah story in Genesis. The devotional that day reminded me that Noah had to put a lot of trust in God and His design of the ark to survive the flood that destroyed the earth. This is a lesson for us, too, in our own difficult times.
 
God bless!
–Morgan
 
“Float”
 

i need to
    float
      for a while.
i need to lay on my back
   and trust the water
      to hold me up
   like a cupped palm
      under a flower petal.
 
i need to stand on
     an ark
  built sturdy according to
     God’s direction.
i need to stand on the deck,
   stare out at the flood
and wait for the dove
     to return with an olive branch
  of hope:
     wait, float, pray
  in the silence over the flood.
 
i need to trust
    for a while
that when the waters recede
   there’s dry ground beneath,
that there’s life waiting to grow,
   that there’s more journey to go.
 
i cannot learn to trust and walk
    when the ground is easy to see.
i must learn when i’m floating above
   the storms of the raging sea.

 
Acknowledgment to the following devotional and the awesome people on the mission trip who assembled the great collection of readings for the week!
 
Lessons From Noah’s Ark. eDevotions.org. http://www.edevotions.org/docs/noahsark.html. Published January 9, 2000. Accessed April 16, 2013.
 
 
Creative Commons License
Float by Morgan Prettyman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Duncan
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 09:43:47

    Excellent poem. I really like the rhythm to it.

    Reply

  2. Allen Prettyman
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 16:55:29

    It provides a nice framework for reflection

    Reply

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