Cast Away Fear

Sometimes I wake up in full-on conversations with God. It’s a conversation that carries over from my dreams. The other morning, I woke up and felt the Holy Spirit tell me, “Write this down.” I did, and this is the result.

Cast Away Fear

I stand in the stream
And I cast my line
I wait and I wait
Everything seems just fine

No nibbles or bites
It’s time to re-cast
So I hurl it again
The new replaces the last

I stand and I wait
No action to be found
The fish ignore bait
Though I’m the only one around

Once again a re-cast
But my line becomes stuck
Is it a hook in a fish
Or is the hook in the muck

I tug and I yank
Using more force than the norm
And my line it goes flying
Like a leaf in a storm

It sails and it carries
Much too far than I prefer
Where the water is deeper
And causes my emotions to stir

I wade further and further
Outside my own comfort zone
As I follow my line
Into a greater unknown

My thoughts are all scrambled
No longer thinking of fish
“Please keep me safe, Lord.”
Is all that I wish

Then all of the sudden
My line it goes taut
And I spend the next moments
With the fish that I fought

Gone was the fear
That crept into my day
Replaced by the victory
That’s found after you pray

My plan it was altered
By His will divine
What I thought uncertain
Turned out just fine

A lesson of blessing
That always holds true
Triumph in tough times
When you keep God with you




“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6  (NIV)

9 thoughts on “Cast Away Fear

  1. May God keep us all. Amen. Beautiful poem. I have conversations with Him too. At the most random times.

    1. Thank you so much, Tokoni. Yes, God does have a tendency of communicating with us at times we may perceive as being inconvenient for us. As we all progress in our faith journeys, we come to realize there is no such thing as an inconvenient time for us to be with God.

  2. I love when God does that, Gil; when His words flow rapid fire through my brain and down my arm and out my fingers onto the keyboard or paper. The first time it happened to me, I knew He was calling me to write. And He loves poetry, obviously, since it’s all through the Bible. Interesting that He used the fishing theme with you…and fun! I bet you will never view fishing the same again. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks , CJ. I am not much of a fisherman, but yes, the idea of fishing will be different for me going forward. I do love how God works in us to do His will and share His word. It’s pretty amazing what can happen when we just stop and listen.

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