Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To Keep You From Drowning

Give me your hand; don’t be afraid
Let me show you how it’s done
First, you must take a leap of faith and keep your eyes focused on me
Take a step and then another but don’t you look away
Looking away will only remind you of your past
Your past will remind you of your fears
And your fears will only stop you from getting one step closer to freedom

Listen to my voice; It will keep you from drowning
Do not listen to the echoes in your ear

Steady… have faith… do not be afraid… I will be with you all the way
Be brave…imitate me...
By letting go of yourself for another
Giving of yourself for a greater good
That is the wholeness of true freedom
Do not stare at the water, for it is deep and confusing
It is frightening to see your reflection in the middle of a profound ocean

Do you see? You're already brave
You are the only one who chose to follow me out into the deep
You didn’t question where I was going or how I would get there
You simply followed me… against all natural opposition
If you continue to hear the melody of my voice
You will not stray away in the wrong direction
For I am here, guiding you, holding your hand
Just to keep you from drowning

Copyright © 2004 by Ellie Kings
*Based on Peter's moment with the Master
Art by Bill Stephens


Tabitha Bird said...

Beautiful Ellie. I am holding tightly and longing every day to be held :)

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

The bit about staring at the water and how it is deep and confusing reminds me of a line I wrote in my post today.

You know what they say about great minds. ;)
~ Wendy

Anonymous said...

You wrote that? I am thinking very beautiful words, you.

Susan R. Mills said...

Wow, again. It's amazing.

Dulce said...

Oh Thank you my dear Elli
These words comfort me so much, you kind of angel!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this Ellie! You are so wise and such a great writer! This is just awesome! :o)

~Ellie Kings~ said...

Thanks for your kind and sweet comments ladies. Always remember God is never too far when you need him. He will never forsake us, not even in our greatest defeats! Our battles whatever they may be, are already won, if we keep our gaze on Him and not stare into the abyss!

Craftsman of light said...

" Give me your hand.... let me show how it is done...." much peace and healing!

so much love!!
thankyou Ellie!

Lesley said...

Ellie, Ellie, Ellie ... you are so gifted. I love the way you express such deep meaning, without getting all gushy and over-wordy. You keep it simple, and yet you say so much.

Anonymous said...

Ellie, wow! This is simply beautiful... I love it! I felt the words dig into my heart, great post :)

This is Dreamdancer, aka Roxy. I'm moving my blog (sigh!) and I hope you will join me on my new one:

Hugs and God bless!

Craftsman of light said...

Ellie...i came back to read these words again because they are really so inspiring.

when you say that you based your writings on Peter's moment with the master ..were you refering to the Bible?? or is it from another work that i ignore??

Alexandra Garland said...

Very inspiring and comforting!! Beautifully written!! Thanks for lifting my day!!

Jill Kemerer said...

What a breathtaking poem--and the pictures! Thank you.

~Ellie Kings~ said...

Craftsman~ Thank you for your encouraging words. To answer your question; yes, these verses from the Bible inspired me: "During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. It's a ghost, they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid. Lord, if it's you, Peter replied, tell me to come to you on the water. Come, he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, Lord save me! Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:25-31 NIV
By the way, he walked on the Sea of Galilee which is now known as Lake Kinneret. I guess I have to fix the word "ocean" :)

~Ellie Kings~ said...

Welcome Jill! Feel free to stop by anytime. Glad you enjoyed it!