Christian Poetry/Flash Fiction

The Hand That Chisels

In joy, the sun-kissed skies
dance along the waves of grass.
I am free, as the wind blows.
The days are short and pass.

In darkness, the rain weeps down.
Loudly pounding the ground.
I am chained and broken.
The days are long and nights longer.

In bliss, I am merry.
In darkness, I am consumed.
In light, I am happy.
In darkness, I am doomed.

Or was I already doomed?
In the bliss and merry?
Does the darkness reveal the shadow
of my corpse in the daylight?

Ah, yes.
My heart doth weep.
In the light and shadow.
The tear-stained pain of my sleep.

Yet, swift were the wings of His refuge.
The healing waters He gives from His cup.
My shaking hands eagerly took
the undeserved grace and rested up.

I am no longer the living dead.
That shadow was replaced,
by the blood stains on a tree,
a scarred body, and tear-stained face.

For He conquered what I could not.
The darkness I always had.
That lingered upon my shoulders always,
in the “good” and bad.

I did not know what good was,
only flesh desires.
I worshipped materials, the creation.
Not the Creator, just the fire.

Yet, here the beginning starts.
Pain is good?
Seeing the need of the Savior.
Recognizing my needs, as I should.

Humility hurts.
Obedience hurts.
Submission hurts.
Selflessness hurts.

I feel the chisel now.

Selfishness has a bitter taste.
Envy is poison.
What once was sugar-coated
I see now was treason.

What I loved before,
my wickedness,
I can love no longer.
I see my light was darkness.

What I hated before,
the truth, my pain.
I love because Light exposed the dark,
the deep shadows of my heart.

The ugliness. The misery.
What I longed to hold and keep.
Light exposed the pride and lies.
The Shepherd came for the sheep.

My foot was in the mouth of a wolf.
The snare ready to go.
I deserve to be killed.
But my adoptive Father said, “No.”

He sent His Son into the world.
With a chisel in His hand.
He would set straight what no man could do.
He would make them understand.

But first, their eyes must be opened.
And they must be reconciled to God.
So, God gave His life to us.
And all we did was clap and nod.

He bore our sins.
He took our deserved wrath.
Death couldn’t hold Him.
Yet, some still reject and laugh.

To those who are perishing,
the foolishness of God is a stumbling block.
But to those who are revived through faith
see the measure of His love.

His chisel is active now.

The Holy Spirit chinks away.
Reminding us of sin, righteous, and judgment.
Reminding us of His words.
Transforming us to His image, our worth.

When the rain is heavy,
and the nights are long.
I know in these trials,
there is a beautiful song.

The sweetness of His words
ring softly through the night.
The chinking of His chisel
reminds me I’ll be all right.

(ESV) Philippians 1:06, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

(ESV) 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

(ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:23-25, “but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

(ESV) John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

(ESV) Romans 5:10, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

(ESV) John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

(ESV) Deuteronomy 8:03, “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

(ESV) John 4:10, “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

(ESV) James 1:02-03, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

(ESV) Romans 5:01-05, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

(ESV) 1 Peter 1:03-07, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

(ESV) John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

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Luke 11_39-40, careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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