Friday, April 20, 2007

Utterly Abandoned

I just had to post today’s poem from Streams in the Desert. If the desires of my heart would even approach the yearnings of the unknown person who penned these wonderful words, I’d be well on my way in the Christian life. Unfortunately, I know that I’m falling far short. This poem is a prayer as far as I’m concerned. I entreat the Lord that He would grant me a measure of what’s being asked of Him here. Maybe then I’d be a better wife to my husband, mother to my children and nanna to my precious little one. Join me in seeking what this writer was asking for, won’t you?

Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
Seeking all His fulness at whatever cost;
Cutting all the shore-lines, launching in the deep
Of His mighty power--strong to save and keep.

Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
Oh! the sinking, sinking, until self is lost!
Until the emptied vessel lies broken at His feet;
Waiting till His filling shall make the work complete.

Utterly abandoned to the will of God;
Seeking for no other path than my Master trod;
Leaving ease and pleasure, making Him my choice,
Waiting for His guidance, listening for His voice.

Utterly abandoned! no will of my own;
For time and for eternity, His, and His alone;
All my plans and purposes lost in His sweet will,
Having nothing, yet in Him all things possessing still.

Utterly abandoned! 'tis so sweet to be
Captive in His bonds of love, yet so wondrous free;
Free from sin's entanglements, free from doubt and fear,
Free from every worry, burden, grief or care.

Utterly abandoned! oh, the rest is sweet,
As I tarry, waiting, at His blessed feet;
Waiting for the coming of the Guest divine,
Who my inmost being shall perfectly refine.

Lo! He comes and fills me, Holy Spirit sweet!
I, in Him, am satisfied! I, in Him, complete!
And the light within my soul shall nevermore grow dim
While I keep my covenant--abandoned unto Him!

--Author Unknown


Beverly said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Nanna. I really needed this.
"'tis so sweet to be Captive in His bonds of love..."

Beka said...

I read these same words during my devotional time this morning, and was so blessed by them. Yes, I agree that this is a prayer; would that God would "grant us a measure of what's being asked of Him here," as you said.
Thank you for posting this!

Karla Akins said...

How beautiful and appropriate for me right now! Thanks for your kind words on the Christian-Self-Publishing list!

Elise said...

Utterly abandoned...what a beautiful and stirring sentiment. Thanks for sharing!