There are stories in the Bible
that paint a picture with our name on it.
Timeless narratives help
ground us in the here and now, speak
to us directly.
When Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan’s
dry bed, during flood season—amazing—
to battle for land God promised, and took
an extra 40,000 men who could handle a sword
(but were willing to leave their families and goods
behind, west of the river), it suggests
that when God gives a promise (politically correct
or otherwise, which, of course, today it wouldn’t be),
we will need to invest, battle
for what we are meant,
This poem appears in my latest work of poems called QUIET WATERS. Because there are times we need to dig deep, to unpack what we carry, to figure out where we’re going and who is with us, etc., to get to where we’re going–even in our seasons of wandering.