Five Minute Friday is here, and this week I am back to bringing you a rhyming poem in five! Linking up a day late, as I was working hard on a project yesterday. Today’s word is LOST. This poem ended up evolving into using the sea and sailing as a metaphor for life. I am excited to share it with you! If you are in need of encouragement today because you are feeling lost or burdened by your troubles, I hope you will take comfort in these words. I am including the powerful story of the spiritual song Amazing Grace as part of today’s story.
When you’ve wandered off the path
and don’t know where to turn,
When the waters are no longer calm
and the sun begins to burn-
When it feels as though all is lost
and troubles overwhelm,
Remember that you’re not alone
For God is at the helm.
There is no fear in being lost
With Him to steer your ship,
Your course is mapped, your life vest on-
So just enjoy the trip .
Relax and let your life unfold
and trust that all is well,
For life at sea is sometimes rough,
As sailor’s often tell…
But then the tides will turn and dawn
Will start a brand new day,
What once was lost has now been found,
And you are on your way!
©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2014
“I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see.”
After writing this week’s poem, I thought of the lyrics to that old hymn most everyone has heard called “Amazing Grace”. Such a powerful song with just 3 simple chords that I was able to sound out easily on my acoustic 6 string (which coincidentally is made by the brand Seagull..in keeping with the sea theme today ). Many a time I have sung this song outdoors with my guitar under the inky blue evening sky. I did not know the history of this song until recently.
Did you know that the man who wrote Amazing Grace, John Henry Newton, was an English sailor who at one point in his life was a captain of African slave ships? He came to know God during his time at sea when he awoke one night during a terrible storm. The ship was filling with water and sinking and John called out to God in the midst of the storm. The cargo on the ship then shifted, stopping up the hole in the process and the boat drifted to safety. John converted to Christianity after that spiritual experience at sea.
He ended up writing the famous words to the song Amazing Grace, and finally later in his life became part of the abolition movement in England to end slavery. I found out about this story on accident once when I was listening to Whintley Phipps. He tells the story of Amazing Grace better than I do, if you would like to listen to his powerful message and hear him sing this classic hymn in his unique way (which is quite filled with emotion as he speaks of slavery as it pertains to this song). You can watch the video by clicking HERE, or seeing it directly on my website in this post.
Thank you for being on this journey with me as together “We Live Inspired”,