Fear is quelled

Fear seeped in

between my rocks of faith

like an evil sea.

It lapped at my certainties

eroding their banks.


Life overtook me

with its grit and grime

stark with reality.

It shook my complacency

shattered my dreams.


Plans torn up

rendered out of date

and irrelevant

required new contingencies

reshaping my mind.


Heart bowed down

before the Master’s throne

I heard a voice

of command and strength

like the Lord of All.


‘Peace be still’

were the words I heard

and the wind drew back

calming the ferocity

smoothing my sea.


Lord of power

over wind and waves

and eternity

shift my parameters

focus my faith


Steel my heart

dilute my sea of fear

with your tender love

knowledge of your constancy

concentrating hope.


Then I heard again

between my waves of fear

the gentle voice.

It calmed my anxiety

with ‘peace be still’.


Calm smooth sea

in the ripples of life

is his legacy.

He changes the velocity

and fear is quelled.


© Ellen Carr 2012






4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Merryn on 17/02/2014 at 9:00 am

    Reblogged this on Humble Heart Scribbles and commented:
    A beautiful poem by Postbox Poetry. We don’t have to live in fear and anxiety. God can set us free…


    • Thanks Merryn. I feel honoured to have my poem reblogged.


      • Posted by Merryn on 17/02/2014 at 11:06 pm

        It is such a good theme to write about- everybody deals with fear at some point and for some, anxiety is like a crippling disease that hinders people from living life to the full. Like you, I have found that the peace that God offers is the only true, lasting peace.

  2. Amen to what you’ve said, Merryn.


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