Suddenly So

Many thanks to Chris, a senior member of our writers' group, for today's poem. Chris has written, edited, produced for TV, print and Web. She is the author of Park Ridge by Arcadia Publishing and is writing her next book, White Plains, to be released in March 2012. Chris is on Twitter at Whatisupahead.

There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. ... Luke: 7:2
The centurion said, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Mathew 8:8
When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. Mathew 8:10

Suddenly So

All it takes is a word. 
The Centurion knew it.

Key is never really 
finding 'the one' to wed,
or figuring the kids out,
or finding the right med....

It's about asking God -
with faith - to say the word.
And it is suddenly so.

Connect the prayer 
to the result.
Not just saying
"Oh, we don't need that prayer
anymore, everything righted 'itself.'"
I met the right guy,
My kids turned out well,
I'm not sick after all......

What you ask for,
And connect it,
To what happens.

When the next crisis hits,
It's not what I do.
It's not who I know.

Am I asking with faith?
Am I believing it's true?

All it takes a word.
The Centurion believed it.
And I believe it too.

Chris provided me her thoughts on our poem writing exercise. They spoke to me, and I hope they will to you too:

The Centurion was a writing prompt. 
I'm not a poet. 
And I was thinking, "I have nothing to say..."
Wait, what do I really think about the Centurion?
What I really think is that I "get it," what he meant...
always have. No crisis ever REALLY depends on circumstances.
It depends on the mercy of the Lord.
If He says so - it's so.

He is so clearly pleased with faith. 
So top of my list?
Showing Him I believe.

What a relief that I don't have to know physics to get on in life!
All I need is my faith - and to ask - knowing it just takes ONE WORD.



Marja said...

Good one Susan, Chris. Thanks for sharing this with us, sometimes it takes one word, yes...

Karen Lange said...

Thank you for sharing this. What wonderful food for thought!