With one click

Darkening clouds are gathering,

a cold wind whistles around.

My plans to go meandering

come crashing to the ground.


Things have conspired to defeat me,

I’m thwarted and turned from my way.

I wanted to follow my schedule,

my calendar notes for the day.


I long to just click my fingers,

to set everything to my course,

to be in control of what happens,

my great expectations enforce.


If I could decide every outcome

so life went the way that I chose,

things would be shiny and rosy.

That’s surely the way that it goes.


With a click of my fingers the weather

would turn into sunshine or rain,

I could make every outcome a good one,

eliminate sorrow and pain.


Never I’d face disappointment,

or failure, regret or remorse.

No storms on my lake of reflection,

never adjustment mid-course.


But the power isn’t mine for the taking.

I am born to belong to the King,

to be shaken and stirred and unsettled,

until to His feet I will bring …


my soul and my body and spirit,

surrendering to His command,

accepting His rule and His choices,

the days of my life He has planned.


With one click of His fingers He formed me.

For His joy He allows me to be.

He made and sustains all creation.

He controls how it impacts on me.


If I fall on my knees and I worship,

If I trust His infallible grace,

I’ll be guided and led though life’s changes,

I’ll be readied to see His dear face.

© Ellen Carr 2013


5 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, this is so wonderful–love it (and I can relate!),


  2. Submission is seen as ‘weak’ in our modern culture, I think, but your poem suggests it is the only way to empower oneself. I really enjoyed reading this – thank you.


  3. Thanks for your positive comments. Submission to God doesn’t come easily to us. Our tendency is towards trying to take control of everything ourselves. What God calls us to is to walking with him as our guide.


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