Against The Grain

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    • #107070
      Humbly Irrelevant
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        AGAINST THE GRAIN

        In the final days at the end of the age,

        Seeking shelter from the rain,

        Cruelty reigns and the heathen rage,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        As we travel the paths of life,

        Dealing with stress and strain,

        Our faith is tested and forged by fire,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        With so many forks in so many roads,

        The myriad choices can drive us insane,

        It’s hard to determine the proper direction,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        The cold winds blow, the dust storms flow,

        The tides wax and wane,

        There doesn’t appear to be much calm,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        Jesus stated that we would suffer such strife,

        By carrying the Cross on which He was slain,

        The heathens rage, scoff, and scorn,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        A prophet of old spoke for the Lord,

        To live is Christ, to die is gain”,

        But too many voices now speak for themselves,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        Their messages are empty – generic in form,

        Gushing like tempests that bellow in vain,

        They somehow are emboldened to exalt themselves,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        Our journey now brings us to this point in time,

        Shadows of THE END are visibly plain,

        The tares have infiltrated amongst the wheat,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        Trust in God and read the Word,

        So as to withstand the hurricane,

        Don’t pay heed to “feelings” or “dreams”,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        The Lord didn’t die at Calvary,

        Or suffer that excruciating pain,

        For us to now listen to the utterances of “man”,

        As we traverse against the grain.

         

        The time has come to separate,

        From a world that holds us in disdain,

        No longer will we need to seek shelter here,

        For we have finished traversing against the grain.

         

        Continue onward Christian Soldiers for Christ!

        Humbly Irrelevant

      • #107076
        Tammie
        Participant

          I have so missed your encouraging gift of words …. Thank you for this one! I can relate to so many lines in the beginning stanzas — in the first one, the wickedness is oppressive and weighty — the second one — the constant distraction and stress of everyday, mundane life, knowing that what we have to do daily to survive while we wait does not reflect the desire of our heart — as Paul stated, “my desire is to be with Jesus for that is far better, but to remain here for your progress and joy in the faith …. My armor feels very heavy and I am ready to lay it down and see the blessed Savior :prayer-hands:

        • #107081
          tenderreed
          Participant

            Indeed feelings can be subjective and for the most part self initiated.  The leading of that still small voice must still be allowed to be taken into account however fragmented and uniquely partial it seems at times!  IE:  the bearing of witness in each of our spirits or the inclinations and leading of the Spirit must also be allowed for!  Again wisdom and discernment!  TR

          • #107092
            KolleenWStone
            Moderator

              Humbly, I love this poem!
              Thanking the Lord for the inspiration He gave you for it! :bible

               

            • #107153
              gratefulforgrace
              Participant

                Beautiful!  Thank you, Humbly!

              • #107194
                Humbly Irrelevant
                Participant

                  Friends in Christ:

                  I am nothing … but the Lord continues to provide me with HIS inspiration.

                  I am weak, depleted, and think that I have nothing more to give to this lost world … yet the Lord continues to provide me with HIS strength.

                  I seek the shadows, the back of the room, the quiet interior, and to remain under the radar … yet the Lord leads me back into the fray to interact with all the unsaved around me (wife, kids, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.)

                  I sometimes post here at RITA and don’t know why or where it comes from … but then I realize that the Lord is prompting me with HIS spirit to attempt (in my miserable human condition) to deflect some of HIS Light onto others.   Like I said, I don’t know why, I just try to follow HIS leading and hope that it isn’t my leading.

                  I am soooooooo tired.   I am soooooooo beaten down.  I am soooooooo ready to leave this world.   I thought we would be Raptured  in 1992.  Then 2000.  Then 2007.  Then 2008.  Then 2010.  Then 2012.   Then 2015.  Then 2018.   Then 2022.  And so many years in between!  And yet, here we all are still here … Dang!!!!

                  I don’t feel like I have anything left to offer the lost anymore.  I don’t feel like I have anything to offer the saved anymore.  Yet here I stand, disillusioned, depressed, and despondent.   I try to just bury my head in the sand every day and NOT to read the news because ignorance is bliss.

                  However, the Lord leads me out of my cavern, out of my hiding place, out of my safe space and makes me venture out.  I don’t like it, but it is HIS Will.   I try to follow it, and sometimes it brings nice comments like ya’ll gave me here.

                  Thank you!  It isn’t all in vain. I will now fade back into the shadows until further notice from Above.

                  May God bless you all and provide you the strength to carry on, to endure, and to persevere!

                  Your pal,

                  Humbly

                   

                   

                • #107197
                  KolleenWStone
                  Moderator

                    I wish I had gotten back here to post earlier now that you say you’re fading back in to the shadows Humbly. What I wanted to share was that I forwarded this poem to several others and it was so well received – even a college student who is stepping out more to seek the Lord, was so glad to receive it.

                    Yes, it is His inspiration in you, and I’m grateful you obeyed His leading.

                     

                  • #107199
                    gratefulforgrace
                    Participant

                      i love to see all this encouragement- edifying/building up- among spiritual brothers and sisters!  this is The Church in action!  loving each other as Jesus loves us & through us

                    • #107229
                      Tammie
                      Participant

                        Humbly, I feel what you say. I need the Lords encouragement from your pin (typing). I never get sick, but because of a mandate and the need to keep working (I am responsible for the care of my Mom) and my hubby just retired … any way I have had one bad illness after another. I am in close contact with a fellow peer to use medication not allowed in my world (they are expensive too). My lungs are slowly giving out, they are permanently scarred. My joints constantly hurt (I who used to run 3-5 miles a day). Some days it’s a hard choice to get up at 0500 and head in to see patients and peers, knowing that I would rather not. This body of death is my prison and although I have several folks who encourage me and pray for me. I can relate to Paul, my desire is to be with Christ, for that is far better. Keep looking up brother, soon we will be with the beloved and this shell of a life is no more. Thank you for allowing God to keep using you to give encouragement. I find that for those who walk through fire, he gives more grace. We are never alone!!!! :prayer-hands:

                      • #107237
                        tenderreed
                        Participant

                          Well said Sis!  Constant in faith and to bless the Lord rather than to curse Him!  Let us remember Job and all the saints which have suffered before us.  Their witness and testimony should inspire us all!  We don’t always know what trials tomorrow may bring, but we know make up and end of our eternity!  TR

                        • #107243
                          KolleenWStone
                          Moderator

                            Tammie...(and all)




                            That Someone being Jesus! :prayer-hands:

                             

                            • #107353
                              Tammie
                              Participant

                                Thank you Kolleen and I would agree we are are deserving of that Jesus hug — it is coming and “LOOK for it” — it is coming! :yahoo:

                            • #107244
                              Tammie
                              Participant

                                True TR and several new verses are constantly in my brain

                                2 Cor. 4:16 “ So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.“

                                Phil 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.“

                                Phil 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

                                Although there is a lot of “stuff” going on around us we are told to not focus on them per Phil 4:8 and I have found that most of the “distractions” of the world are just that —- it has become a constant joy to talk to the Savior and think about Him and rejoice in seeing Him soon — all that goes on in this world really has no bearing on how we are to behave. We follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Our time is short and we must be about our Father’s business.

                                Rom 8:11-13 “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.“

                                This verse clearly says we are to live by God’s direction as believers, filled with His love and not fulfilling the desires of the flesh, desires of the eye, pride of life… looking for what the spirit has for us to do in this life while we wait, watch, and pray!!! Soon :prayer-hands:

                              • #107302
                                Humbly Irrelevant
                                Participant

                                  Firstly, Tammie, I am so sorry for your suffering. Not to diminish your pain, but it seems that we are all suffering in some way or another … physically, emotionally, or spiritually…. every day of our lives.  I can feel your pain, I can feel your daily “body of death” torture.  On this earth, we, as children of Christ, will suffer. There is no getting around it — that is our fate.  But once we leave this mortal existence, we will experience an Eternity of Bliss!   Hang on just a little bit longer my friend.

                                  And secondly Kolleen, I am lifted in my spirit that you deemed some of the words that I wrote worthy enough to be spread to others.  Thank you so much for continuing to spread the faith and embolden others to reach out to Jesus before it is too late.

                                  Because of this outpouring of fellowship, I was inspired to write some more tonight.  I will post it after I finish conveying my thanks here.  The Lord continues to put thoughts in my head that I truly have no idea why He wastes his time on a wretch like me.  But we all chime in a little of what we have in the hopes that it touches others, maybe changes their paradigm, softens their hearts, causes them to search for further truth, and to hopefully make the eternal choice to accept Jesus and prosper in Heaven rather than to dwell in the abyss of darkness and suffering. But we never really know what impact we really have or how much we really make a difference until once in a while somebody brings it to our attention that maybe we did a little good.

                                  God bless you all!

                                  Humbly

                                • #107307
                                  tenderreed
                                  Participant

                                    We in and of ourselves are indeed wretched!  But His love towards us is unfathomable and inexplicable!  Thankfully so!  TR

                                  • #107352
                                    Tammie
                                    Participant

                                      Humbly — to me, my opinion, my focus — what happens in this life now is but a fraction of a second. I am sure that many on this site and around our world have various physical constraints and issues …. I am daily learning to live by 2 Cor 4:17-19 “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.“

                                      My eternal physician body will be glorious because it will be like Jesus’s and what happens here is a fleeting second when compared to eternity.  So I say daily, thank you Lord for making me more like Jesus, one nano bit by nano bit. :prayer-hands:

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