Monday, January 23, 2012

Increase/Decrease


Increase/Decrease

When I seek You,
Draw close to You,
I find myself turned upside-down.
Your ways are not mine;
Your thoughts beyond my reach,
And I struggle to understand
just the way it is.

The me I am dreams dreams,
ones that bring You honor
but also make me grow bigger
in the eyes of others,
this me who is forever
longing for acceptance,
secretly seeking praise.

You must increase,
and I must decrease;
that is the way of Your kingdom.
But will I become so small
I simply disappear,
left lonely and forgotten?

A tiny sliver opens in the heavens
I catch a glimpse of
decrease in You.
Peace, joy, hope, grace, mercy, life -
It doesn't look like diminishing.
Your increase brings me riches
no account on earth can tally.

Blessings,
Linda

9 comments:

eph2810 said...

What a beautiful poem, Linda.

Honestly we all seek secretly praise and we want to be accepted. It is my daily prayer that I only seek His acceptance. But some days I still seek acceptance from people.

Love & peace,
<>< Iris

Patricia said...

Your increase brings me riches...

such honest words bring him such glory... you have blessed me today Linda. Hug. =)

tonia said...

oh I know this feeling, linda...fearful that I will disappear into silence and lose myself. i think there is a way through. let's just put Him first and see what happens together, shall we?

thank you dear friend for your good words and your heart that seeks.

Sandy said...

I love your heart, Linda. You are so honest in your feelings. The poem is beautiful and touches my heart. We can never lose when we let Him increase.
xo

lil red hen said...

Beautiful ~ I hope you're putting these in a book.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Yep... more Him, less me. Beautiful words Linda. And the rose is so pretty!! :)

S. Etole said...

This is so good, Linda. The rose is such a refreshing sight on this winter day.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful.

I look forward to more of your prose.

Megan Willome said...

Hi, Linda! Beautiful poem.

I have often found that when God increases, he makes me increase, too--me, who would rather be in the background.