Rest

I listen
In the stillness
Gleaning
Cadence of the hooves
Songs of morning birds
Gleaning love
Abandoned in the rush.

I settle in Your seat
Remembering
The waves
The rush and crash
And seeing
How You
Wept.

Tears
For every moment
I withheld my trust
Believing
Holding tight
Is faith.

Oh precious
In Your sight
Are those
Who die to self
Who know they are

Welcome here.

Welcome
As the waves return
Lapping, crashing
Thunderous
There they come.

Welcome
To lean
Upon the Rock
And not succumb
But in Your arms
Become.

For in the stillness
In the listening
So far
From striving's tongue
You're teaching me
Who You
Truly are.

A Father
So tender
A Love
Full of mercy
Who holds me
In His arms
As our tears
Release.

For faith
Is not my own
But Your laboring
In me.

It's believing
Not in my
Own strength
But in the One
Whose love in me
Speaks
Steadfast, sure.

A sun-drenched warmth
Beneath my feet
The sun here shimmering
In morning's light
A testament
To Your mercies
New every morning
That carry me
In wave after wave
Into love everlasting.

And so I remain here
Seeking the quiet
And let the waves return
My heart now cleaving
To Your heart
Washing my face
With the tears of our longing
Awakening life.

I listen
In the stillness
Gleaning
Cadence of the hooves
Songs of morning birds
Gleaning Your heatbeat
Never abandoned
My God is always with me.


Isaiah 51:11 (WEB)
The ransomed of Yahweh shall return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy shall be on their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy. Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Photo: from my own personal collection, taken in a local forest here in the Noord Holland province of the Netherlands.

6 thoughts on “Rest

  1. Lisa Enqvist April 29, 2021 / 6:51 am

    Thank you, Anna, for sharing your words.

    It’s believing
    Not in my
    Own strength
    But in the One
    Whose love in me
    Speaks
    Steadfast, sure.

    The song is beautiful too. “You alone are my strength and shield…”
    Love, Lisa

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    • Anna Smit April 29, 2021 / 6:55 am

      He surely speaks a better Word in us and to us, doesn’t He? It often surprises me to realize that the very grief that I see as proof of His withholding, is in fact Him GIVING me His heart of love and mercy, and it’s then I realize my tears are His tears and longing to be released into prayers.

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  2. Bettie G April 29, 2021 / 6:41 pm

    So very beautiful:

    “And so I remain here
    Seeking the quiet
    And let the waves return
    My heart now cleaving
    To Your heart
    Washing my face
    With the tears of our longing
    Awakening life.”

    Amazing love of our Jesus who holds us through every wave. Thank you, Dear Anna.

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    • Anna Smit April 29, 2021 / 7:48 pm

      Amen. His waves of mercy, carrying us deeper and deeper into His heart. I see this depth shining in and through you and it just makes me love Jesus even more. He draws me deeper into His love and mercy through the stories you share that so encourage me to trust Him and look for Him.

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  3. Gayl April 29, 2021 / 11:16 pm

    I love your whole poem, but this really speaks to me:

    “And so I remain here
    Seeking the quiet
    And let the waves return
    My heart now cleaving
    To Your heart
    Washing my face
    With the tears of our longing
    Awakening life in and
    All around me.”

    Much love and sending love and hugs! xoxo

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    • Anna Smit April 30, 2021 / 7:35 am

      I think that’s one of my favorite bits too. I should tell you the story behind the poem one day. I wrote most of it a few years ago as God spoke to me so beautifully.

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