How Long

Whistler | Violet and Siilver, A Deep Sea

“Interestingly enough, the most-asked question in the whole Bible – from Genesis to Revelation – is “How long, O Lord, how long?” And the most repeated command from God is “Do not fear” or “Do not be afraid.” The people of God consistently cry out for relief, and the God of love bids us trust him.”
// Scotty Smith (Objects of His Affection)

This poem was written in February, 2020, while I was studying the book of Daniel chapter 7. This highly symbolic vision occurs at night and portrays the sea agitated by the four winds. Darkness and water evoke creation, but here creation appears to be under attack. This is some fascinating stuff that climaxes with the Son of Man. A powerful message then and a powerful message now.

How Long

How long, O Lord, will our sails be slack?
I’m not satisfied with so little
How long, O Lord, until we get back?
when you offer so much better

take me straight up to the throne
to see what is yet to be done or known
down here I’m trying to work it all out
my body is a battle ground

How long, O Lord, will our sails be slack?
I’m not satisfied with so little

I don’t have a word to say about
the future
some things are stranger than fiction
all that comes off the end of your pen is stunning
if you can’t see his hands feel his love

only God makes holy dust
I seek the son I trust

How long, O Lord, will you break into my sleep?
with just a tiny blink of light
You know, O Lord, the stormy sea is deep.
distorted by the winds at night

— §tacy §weeney