Draw Near

Grief waits upon 
No one
It swells
And breaks
My placid perfect
Life awake.

Now spit
And foam
The Promises
Long hid
Come rushing
Crashing
Back to Life.

The longing
From my heart
His Promises
To know
Long hid away
In drawers
Fastened
Shut.

But as the waves
Swell
And break
The drawers
Loose
His Promises
To life.

My body, mind
And soul
In Spirit breath
Awake.

From deep within
The Living Word
Each Promise
Brings
In Holy Spirit breath
To sing.

For in grief's
Wake
My heart
Draws near
Christ's heart
To hear.

This childlike heart
In steadfast love is
Rootèd secure:

That I might
Taste and see
The width
And breadth
And depth
Of Christ.

Living water rushes
Strong, crashing
My heart to search
And know
In waves of mercy
The blood of Christ
Still flows.

Each day anew
My burdened heart
Christ draws
In Spirit song
To wake
And sing with Him
Each Word
To life.

Before, behind
Beneath, above
My Savior sings
And calls to me:
"Draw near
And I'll draw near
To you."

Thanks to Юлія Дубина @yulia_dubyna for making the profile photo for this post available freely on Unsplash 🎁 https://unsplash.com/photos/6C_XfszlnWw

6 thoughts on “Draw Near

  1. Bettie G April 22, 2021 / 3:41 am

    Dear Anna,

    Oh, such precious confirmation from the Lord, as I came to read your words here.

    Before, behind
    Beneath, above
    My Savior sings
    And calls to me:
    “Draw near
    And I’ll draw near
    To you.”

    He has been calling me to come in with Him also. Thank you for sharing these precious words. He sees the pain, and He is so ready to be with us right there. Sending love & hugs dear friend.

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    • Anna Smit April 22, 2021 / 1:11 pm

      I am so thankful God affirmed His Word to you, Bettie. He is so faithful and kind. Love and hugs to you too

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  2. Lisa Enqvist April 24, 2021 / 9:46 am

    Your poem reminds me of the vast ocean of God’s love.
    O the deep, deep love of Jesus
    Vast unmeasured, boundless, free
    Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me
    Underneath me, all around me, is the current
    Of Thy love
    Leading onward, leading homeward to
    Thy glorious rest above

    “O the Deep Deep, Love of Jesus” is a well-known Christian hymn, written by the London merchant Samuel Trevor Francis.[1] Francis (1834–1925) had a spiritual turning point as a teenager, contemplating suicide one night on a bridge over the River Thames. Experiencing a renewal of faith, he went on to author many poems and hymns and was a preacher in addition to his merchant career.[2]

    The song compares Jesus’ love to the ocean in scope, emphasizing the limitless, unchanging, and sacrificial nature of God’s affections for the singer and all of humanity.

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    • Anna Smit April 24, 2021 / 9:53 am

      What a beautiful back story to that hymn, Lisa. I know that hymn well, but never knew it was written in the wake of the author’s suicidal thoughts and God’s compassion for him in that place. Thank you so much for sharing. Such a blessing in encouragement.

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  3. Gayl April 26, 2021 / 3:46 am

    So beautiful! “Draw near and I’ll draw near to you.”

    Blessings and love to you, dear Anna. xoxo

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