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Poem: The Thing That I Must Do

Updated on February 8, 2013

I wake up every morning

To face the day alone.

With hopes and dreams a plenty,

Past failures to atone.

I brush my teeth while planning

The order of events,

Expecting to leap far over

The hurdles life presents.

I must wake my son by six

And ready him for school,

Tell him to brush his teeth well

Then check him like a mule.

I must drive him toward the door

And toss him in the car,

Braving the morning traffic

While eating a breakfast bar.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, off to work!

I sure could use more sleep,

But there’s no time for resting.

This “mountain” is too steep.

“I must, I must” is my cry

For there’s so much to do.

My only true hope for rest

Would be to catch the flu.

As I step on through the door

My laptop at my side

I wonder if there really is

Something I haven’t tried.

Amidst all of the musts of life

God's faint voice calls to me--

A knocking here at my heart’s door

I answer cautiously.

He says, “I see your effort;

And I really think it’s grand.

I know that you’re quite impressed with

The product of your hands.

Still, I see all your failures, and

The pain your choices cause

To everyone around you.

Shouldn't this give you pause?

You can’t control the outcomes,

Although you try and try.

While you struggled ‘all alone’

I stood there by your side.

Look to me and walk with me

And I will give you rest.

Trust in me and over time

You’ll know my rest is best.”

So then I thought a little

And recognized my sin.

So busy trusting in myself,

How could I trust in Him?

I see my pride has tripped me up;

My failure I concede.

I see the thing that I must do

Is let Him meet my need.


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    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Thanks, Eddy. :) I appreciate the encouragement. I hope you're doing well!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      4 years ago from Wales

      Another gem by you and here's to many many more. Voted up and wishing you a great weekend.


    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Thanks, tbsingh! Have a great day!

    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Thanks, lambservant. Hmmm... A parenting manual... I just left the hospital almost 7 weeks ago with a newborn and I can tell you nobody bothered to present us with a manual of any sort. But I wholeheartedly agree that with God it's all good.

      I think, though, that it's easy to slide into a place where you've begun to ignore God--where you're focusing on what you can see. If it's going to work out, it's on you to make that happen. And it's in those moments where we might catch ourselves looking over our shoulders at God saying, "God!! Look at me!!" or (for those in ministry) "Look what I'm doing for you!" :) As if God's going to just clap and cheer and be impressed with the ingenuity we exhibit as we do life without Him. Somehow we have to develop the discipline to maintain focus on what we can't see as the distractions we can see constantly come our way. That's pretty much what I was thinking about when I wrote it.

      Thanks for stopping by!! It's good to hear from you!

    • tbsingh profile image


      5 years ago from INDIA

      nice expression.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved being able to see your heart. We all sin and make mistakes. And God is so gracious and forgiving. Unfortunately, the hospital doesn't send us home with a parenting manual. But we have God's Word, and God himself. Blessings.

    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Hey again, shofarcall! It's good to hear from you.

      I totally agree with you. Parenting definitely creates a special brand of excitement and complexity with regard to our ability to focus on our relationship with God. I know a lot of parents who completely revolve their entire lives around their kids, as if they are solely responsible for the protection and cultivation of their children. When we can step back and see that God is as invested in them as we are, it hopefully helps us relax some. It should also drive us to lean on Him even more when we consider that our ability to protect them in this life is so incredibly limited. He really is our hope.

      Thank you for sharing!

    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA


      Great feedback! I changed it a little bit to make it more clear (I'm pretty sure that fixes it).

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • sonfollowers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA


      Thank you very much. I totally agree that this is something we all deal with. It's easy to let the chaos we can see blind us to the loving Heavenly Father we can't see. Eventually, God can be completely ignored as we fight and claw and scratch our way through this life. Hopefully we can stay focused and remember that life works better when we're cultivating our relationships with Him.

      Have a great day!

    • shofarcall profile image


      5 years ago

      Hi Sonfollowers,

      Having been a parent, I really hear your voice here. It is a tightrope walk whilst bringing families up in a fast paced world but as your poem says, He, our Gracious God, is always there beside us, waiting for us to remember and hand the reins to Him. To trust and abide in Him.

      My sister has 3 youngish children aged from 13 down to 5 and she too has to keep reminding herself that our Lord is in control. God Bless.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really cool poem. "all alone" caught my eye immediately -- But I was thinking of your little boy. In him there is also Him.

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      Carolyn Curry 

      5 years ago from US

      So Awesome We all get caught up in lifes busyness and have to come to this place God bless you and yourhumility will be rewarded... voted up


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