I began writing Christian Poetry when I was 31 years old, after I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. It all started when I went up for prayer in church one Sunday. There were two older women who were waiting as I walked up for prayer. After praying for me one of the ladies suggested I go to a singles retreat that was taking place In the mountains near my home in a few weeks. I wrestled with the thought for most of the week. My heart was pretty sure it was Gods desire for me to go. The problem I was having was I had just got out of a bad relationship. The last thing I wanted was to meet someone new. I really needed some time to build my relationship with God when It hit me! I would go on the singles retreat to focus my whole heart in getting to know my Lord and Savior.
I had spoken to the pastor after my three-day weekend retreat was over, he clarified to me a lot about what I had experienced those three-days. He explained to me that a school of ministry was on break during the three-days of the retreat. He said a retreat was treated much different from a school of ministry. Just as Sunday church is treated different because of the level of maturity in Christ. Leaders and those studying leadership Is approached much different. God moves different. God is not in the business of scaring people. He is not in the business to show off his power. When a person is mature enough to handle it many things can take place in the power of God. A school of ministry is built up of inspiring leaders and God equips them. This is not to say God doesn’t move in church or retreats. I was at a pastors conference once and I can tell you by far it was different from regular church but let me not get off track, back to the retreat.
Our first night there, all 45 of us gathered in the sanctuary where we would hold our services during the weekend. They started worship when suddenly everyone noticed God’s presence very powerfully. This was my first experience of that. It was a matter of seconds and all 45 of us were crying heavy from the overwhelming love we were experiencing. The staff was caught off guard and found themselves trying to tend to and pray for each of us during this unexpected move of God. Afterwards we all unpacked in our cabins and went to bed in awe of what had happened. I was eager for what was to come. The pastoral team gathered in a meeting to discuss what had taken place. The conclusion to their meeting was that this was no retreat this was a school of ministry.
The rest of the weekend was just as powerful. God moved and I fell in love with my Lord and Savior. Everyone of the 45 people of the retreat-school of ministry became leaders of one sort or another in the church. The Sunday morning I returned home I began to unpack and unwind from the weekend. Funny thing though I had this nagging thought running through my head. Over and over like a song stuck in my head “sit down and write” “Sit down and write”, repeatedly like a song stuck in my head. I tried to get rid of it, ignore it but it wouldn’t go away. When I realized It might be God. I grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil and sat at my kitchen table. Instantly I could hear word for word what to write as I wrote it, not really knowing what I had written until I read it once I was done. Here is the Poem
BORN INTO CLOUD
born into a cloud smothered into darkness
bringing rainfall in abundance
the deep fog keeps you from knowing who you are
lightning strikes your person
a lashing out in pain
the world is blinding in the dark cloud that covers
life hails in destruction
leaving no hope or sanity
until light shines through from heaven revealing your true colors
the rainbow God created you to be
when there seemed to be no hope
the clouds are lifted by the winds of salvation
and you are born again by the love and mercy of the lord Jesus Christ
whom brings forth truth in everlasting life
I couldn’t believe what I had just wrote, But it gets better the next day in my daily bible reading this is what I read out of Ezekiel 34:
11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
17 “‘As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
I was blown away how the scripture went hand in hand with the poem. Notice how the scripture says I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. This is talking about when we come to the saving knowledge of Christ out from the clouds into the light of truth. The blessings and promises that are in Christ. How God searches us out in our darkness. Once He has searched us out and we acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior, we considered His words, we are His flock that has been scattered by darkness. He searches us out. Then in verse 17 He discusses how He judges between us and says in verse 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
If you can picture flying in a plane and you look out the window at the ground, what you see is squares of land connecting to one another. These are squares of pastures. So in the scripture He is talking about the squares of pasture we have walked in our lives, in the days of clouds and darkness. Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet? What He is saying here is the ground we have walked in our sin. Our past and where we have walked in our lives is muddy. Those who walk behind us only have muddy pasture to eat from. As we walk out our salvation the ground should become les and less muddied.
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