The poem below entitled After the Gruelling, was written (sans edits) after a trying experience and while listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
After completing the poem, I noticed that lines two and four rhymed, and for no particular reason I started to write down the last word of the rhyming lines. An interesting pattern emerged. The lines were all human-nature related things.
I enjoy things like Biblical codes, so I became intrigued and then jotted down the non-rhyming lines separately. All those words were things from God. It gave me a joyous feeling of God’s involvement with me and care for me after the stressful experience and subsequent therapy of poetry-writing.
I suggest reading the poem through without looking at the analysis in parentheses, and then read the analysis.
Try this exercise and any others you can think of, on any of your poems and see if there is a pattern from the Holy Spirit. Or try writing one directly from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit’s voice right now.
You may find you’ve written something with more than one layer of meaning, such as we find in the scriptures.
You may even discover that you have created a numeric pattern that you weren’t attempting to. If there is one, you could check the meaning of the numbers involved either online or by using a reference book such as Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullivant. Online: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/number01.htm
Perhaps you will experience as I did that analysing your poem in this way will help your faith or even give you a secret love message from the King; that He is involved in all the details of your life. He is with you and He cares for you.
After the Gruelling
Shaken by triggers (revealed by God)
Comfort in hot tea (natural comfort)
The mad and the sane (my sanity is from God)
Chatting around me (natural discomfort)
Forgive and forgive (with God’s help)
Patience then patience (I choose to be patient)
Strong in His strength (strength from God)
Rebuffing offence (I choose to resist temptation)
God has His plan (from God)
His path, His ways (I choose to follow)
To learn to love (lessons on love from God)
Refusing worldly sways (I choose to resist them)
I am an amateur writer and I have been involved in a writer’s group for the past four years. I have had devotionals and poems published in the anthologies, Penned from the Heart, Footprints magazine, The Mozzie, The Voices Project, and a travel article for the Sunday Mail. Poetica Christi is to publish a poem of mine in their upcoming anthology A Lightness of Being.
Many of my poems are cathartic or helpful to others relating to a background of abuse. As a Christian I believe God has healed me of trauma. I hope by writing to encourage other women to believe that healing is possible and that life is worth living. Overcoming the past has been a long journey for me.