This poem the Lord gave me when I hit a wall and exhaustion coupled with pain had taken its toll. I just didn’t want to continue doing the things of the Lord that I knew He wanted me to. I felt I needed to pull back and just rest awhile. Now, I know that rest is good sometimes, but in my heart, I didn’t want to do ANY of the Lord’s work ANY longer.
The Lord knew I didn’t really mean that but completely understood my weariness. So, He woke me up one night and I began to write. This is the poem that came from that late evening effort.
Years later, as I am reading it again for the first time in many months, Jesus reminded me of this verse in scripture:”Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 3:13-14(ESV)
I find today that God works through His people. If I don’t act, then how will the love of the Lord be proclaimed in my home, in my neighborhood, my church, throughout my state and eventually to the world?
I know that there is a time to rest and that is between everyone and the Lord. But, we can’t be on the sidelines for long seasons in our lives. That is what I wanted to do that night so long ago; to stop serving and just concern myself with my own complicated life.
God has given me strength. Now, I continue to take just one step further until the Lord tells me it’s time to rest or He returns to collect all those who’ve called upon His name.
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The Great Plains Poet
I Just Don’t Want To Get Up Today
a poem by Chris T.
I am weary beyond my capacity for recovery
The feeling of marrow pushing through bone; through muscle and skin
A morning I wish would never happen or just go away
I Just don’t want to get up today
From my pain and sorrow I count the steps that I know this day will take
Too many to travel and too many to escape
The covers are too heavy to join the fray
I just don’t want to get up today
The day starts off with an ache in my tooth
And the old back injury has flared again
Man, this feeling I can not shake
I just didn’t want to get up today
I speed down the street to head off to work
Just realized I forgot to take my medicine and can’t turn back now
Will I end this day still sane
Why did I even get up today
Someone’s in the road; I swerve and barely miss
I stop the car and find out what’s wrong
Oh, thank you Jesus this man is Ok
Now, I can assure you I am awake today
Now I listen and listen to this broken man
His wife has just died and the children have left his home
So I knelt down on the road and we began to pray
Jesus, oh Jesus, I’m glad I woke up today.