Day 26: Gleaning

A place I have so often gleaned among the sheaves of my Redeemer, as He has breathed His Words of hope, joy and faith into me. The poem below was written, as I sat alone on a tree stump to pray and God revealed His deep love for and comfort to me. I had been overcome with emotions that just kept bubbling to the surface, but not wanting to go there, not wanting to feel the depths of my anguish, nor the overwhelming yearning for the Promises of God to be revealed in my loved one. It felt like too much to carry, but God reminded me, that yes that anguish for His Body and that deep yearning of His heart in me is indeed too much to carry – in my own strength – but not carried in His strength: in His oustretched arms for me and all my loved ones.

When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.  And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”

Ruth 2:15-16 ESV

I bless us to experience afresh today the streams of God’s river of love, that make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. I bless us to slow and savor God’s Presence with us in the moments of overwhelm, when it all feels like too much to carry. I bless us in those moments to glean joy, peace, faith, hope and love, as the Holy Spirit turns our faces toward Jesus – our way, truth and life.

I bless us to stand in awe of God and the fruit of the Holy Spirit He has been awaking and growing in us, and to taste and see that our God is so so good. I bless us to notice and praise our God for the overflowing stream of life flowing in and out of us. I bless us to look back and see that the years of slowing, savoring and lingering in His Word to us, have been so purposed by Him and so very precious to Him and His Body, and continue to bear abiding fruit today. I bless us to keep slowing, savoring and lingering with Jesus to worship Him with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength in Spirit and truth. I bless us to daily experience a fresh outpouring of His Spirit as we seek His face.

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.


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.

Isaiah 51:11 (WEB)

2 Comments

  1. So very beautiful. What a precious gift He’s brought to you there in that place of pausing with Him. Thank you for taking us along with you. And oh how sweet He is to confirm His working among us! My morning devo today is based on this verse that flows so well with the thoughts He spoke to you:
    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    Psalms 73:26 NIV

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    1. Thank you for sharing that verse, Bettie. Somehow today that last part speaks to me so deeply: that God is our portion forever. Oh may He enlarge my heart ever more. Lovr you xoxo

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