“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to [him who is] weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.” –Isaiah 50:4
“You can do almost anything you want for this project, just make sure it is artistic and talks about the book of Genesis somehow and then share it with the class.” said my Genesis class teacher. “Great…” I thought to myself “I hardly have an artistic bone in me.” Walking back to my dorm that night after class I began to ponder what I could do, it was my first semester of Calvary Chapel Bible College (back in good ole 2007) and was finally being a good little student for once in my life and doing all my assignments. I whimpered a prayer to God asking Him what I should do, to which a responding thought came into my head “Write a poem.” “A poem, really?”. I had tried my hand once or twice at poetry before, but I never intended them for anyone else to read. I still kinda wondered if writing poetry was borderline emasculate, but writing a poem seemed like the most enjoyable (and if I’m candid, easiest) option. The one advantage I now had was that I would be writing specifically for God and with His help.
I started off this task as all tasks should be started, in prayer. I asked God for help, but more so that He would use this poem to bless people and to teach them and encourage them. And so it began. From that moment I was hooked. It all started with “The Choice”, which records in poetic prose the seven day creation account as recounted in the book of Genesis, but ends with the reader having to make a choice to either accept Jesus or deny Him. After that, I began to write more and more poetry, at first to get out of having to write essays (**insert cheeky laugh here**) but then later for the love of it. I found it a great way to communicate to others things I had learned in a way that would force them to think about it, while at the same time releasing my emotions and making it personal.
You find a collection of my poetry and short stories in my recently published book on Amazon.
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