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January 13th, 2012 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Poetry1 Comments | Author:

A poem about letting go of idols and trusting in the Lord.


by Mitch Kuhn

All my life I held on tight
Firm was my grip

Upon my idols that I relied
Too scared to let them go

What will happen if they leave
Will I spiral into misery

Christ says his yoke is light
I just don’t understand

I cannot see how it will be
I can’t imagine life without my idols

I’ve never experienced his peace
I don’t know what it’s like to be free

Here comes a wave crashing over the bow
What will I reach for, onto what will I hold?

I grab onto Christ
Tightly do I hold

The wind blows and howls, waves crash
The storm rages on

When it passes I look around
Surprised by what I see

When storms have come before
I usually wind up in the sea

Splashing and thrashing, blown all about
I nearly drown

I usually end up on the beach
Exhausted and half dead

Only to get up and do it again
Cursing those wretched idols

This time is different, I’m still in the boat
This is much better than the beach

My arms don’t hurt, I am not bleeding
I don’t even feel tired

The Lord comes and whispers to me
“Don’t you see why my way is better”.

I gave you the faith to believe
and made you hold onto to me this time

The storms still come, sometimes I forget
and wind up on the beach

But most of the time I stay in the the boat
My life is no longer built on the sand

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