Last month I had an interesting conversation with a young lady around 12 years old. She’s full of faith and, in some ways, wise beyond her years. And I felt inspired to tell her (thinking about how things can go between the ages of 13 and 21) that it’s a little like she’s in a harbor right now. But soon she’ll move out into the full ocean where the waves are stronger and the shore further away.
Then last night, after I was already down for the night and nearly asleep, a poem was coming to me about her and about how others like her are at that poignant point in their lives, on the cusp of… not adulthood but whatever that change is that is so marked as we enter into our teen years.
So I virtually woke up, turned on the lights and computer and wrote this little poem. I don’t have that kind of thing happen often. But I’ve learned from experience that it’s best to stop what I’m doing and just write it down if something like that or some train of thought comes to me which should be turned into a post or article.
Maybe you know some ones like my young friend; actually I know a good number who are at that point in life where they are at the edge of the harbor, putting out to sea.
Putting Out To Sea
There you are in the harbor,
Putting out to the sea in your skiff
Away from the calm of the haven
Towards the billows you saw from the cliff.
It won’t be long ere you feel them,
The surges and big waves ahead.
You’re looking ahead with excitement
But also perhaps with some dread.
Soon the waves and storms of adulthood
Will just start to rock your wee yacht.
And now, away from the shoreline,
You’ll be needing the Lord, quiet a lot.
Your mom and your friends are still with you
The home, the hearth and the love.
But as you get older it is clearer
That the best help does come from above.
So what can we who do love you
To help you be strong and survive?
Can we always be right there beside you
And stay there the rest of your life?
No, only the Lord in His mercy
Will guide you through the strong squall
Which come to all on life’s ocean
And tests the faith of us all.
Dear friend and young sister, we love you.
There’s love, joy and peace in your soul.
You’re off to a great start and beginning
Your eyes seem fixed on the goal.
To trust Him, to serve and believe Him
To ride the waves that roll on,
To follow His light from above us
To hold on through night till the dawn
When the time on the ocean has taught you
To be full and complete in His love.
When more years have passed and you find then
That you yourself have been taught from above
That He will always be with you
That no wave or storm will surpass
The power and wisdom He gives you
To be His disciple and lass.