I was looking back through my church journal over all the sermons I’ve taken notes on and some of the songs I’ve written and I came across a poem. I wrote this poem just a little over a year ago and when I re-read it I was convicted of the state I was in last year.
See, I wrote this poem at the beginning of Parkview Baptist Church’s Annual Old Fashioned Tent Meeting (2009). A couple nights after writing this poem I walked down a grassy aisle, knelt down at an old-fashioned altar, and got reassurance of my salvation. I was thirsty for something, but I didn’t know what exactly that “something” was. It took a couple nights, but the Lord answered my cry. I needed Him in my life. I needed assurance that I was Heaven-bound.
It amazes me that the Lord is always right on time. He’s never a moment early or a second too late. His timing is perfect, and He is working to bring forth His perfect work in each of our lives. The Holy Spirit does His pre-work, then the message is delivered and a decision is made, and lastly the “homework” starts – which is where the Holy Spirit takes back over. This poem was written during the Holy Spirit’s “pre-work” in my life.
Thirsty, Lord, I come to You
In need of cooling drink.
The desert storms of life have come,
But You can help, I think.
The preacher man said just to ask
And You would hear my plea –
Well, Lord, I’ve come and now I ask
Will You please meet this need?
I’ve tried all else, but all was vain –
My thirst not satisfied.
I kneel myself now humbled, Lord –
I’ve rid myself of pride.
In simple faith I beg of You
To fill my cup indeed.
Let the river of Your Spirit flow –
More of You and less of me.
© Heather Vires
19 July 2009
He answered that prayer just a few short nights later. He quenched my thirst with His ever-living water. And He filled my cup so full it overflowed (and is still over-flowing).
I’m so thankful for His grace and His mercy. I don’t deserve His love. But He freely gives it to me anyways. He’s God as He always is, doing as He always does.