The clouds couldn’t sleep.
All night, they tossed about fitfully,
Gray shadows churning against a black, starless sky.
An unnamed sadness weighed heavily,
Until the clouds leaned into dawn’s faint light,
Releasing a downpour of tears.
I woke to the sound of pounding rain overhead,
The sky’s sorrow demanded notice.
My heartbeat quickened, my eyes opened full and wide.
I began patting the ground around me,
Reaching down and feeling my feet.
Mind still muddled by sleep’s reluctant grasp,
I patted the circle of ground around me again.
How is it that a thin sheet of nylon,
Can act as a strong roof, four walls, and secure ground?
How is that possible?
The clouds begged me to join their distress,
To worry, to fret, to cry.
How could everything be okay amidst a storm like this?
But it was.
I let my feet push to the bottom of the sleeping bag,
Dry and warm.
I listened to the pounding drops overhead,
And I said, “Thank you.”
Thank you, God, that your provision for me,
Is not too thin,
Or too weak.
Thank you, God, that your covering over me,
Even when I can’t understand how that works out,
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
Free from doubt, worry, and tears.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
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Written By Brooke Caldwell, Stories From a SojournerLeave a Comment
Great analogy and Amen, so many times we can feel the sheer sense of His protection and know it is enough, while we wonder and ponder His invisible strength.
Dana Butler says
Awesome – beautiful analogy. He really IS enough. No matter the storm.
What a beautiful reminder of God’s covering. Thank you for sharing. We all need to remember to be thankful for His help in the storm… lovely.
Beautiful story. Thank you for reminding me that God’s provision — even when it looks thin and seems unlikely to hold up in a storm — is more than enough.
Plain to see that this poem was written inside the tent, amidst the storm. A great encoragement to me today in the middle of much uncertainty.
Brooke, thank you for sharing this poem! What a clear picture of the true peace and safety we have in God even when everything around us is dark and upset.
That was so well put and comforting! Sometimes spiritual Christian poetry leaves me lost as the reader, but this was relatable and beautiful.
Holly Gifford says
Well done Brooke! I’m proud of you. You have a gift and you are brave enough to use it!
Behind The Smile says
Your poem is beautiful and very descriptive, I can feel myself there in the tent with the rain and wondering about being dry. Such a lovely message in your poem as well of the provision of God and how in the storms of life we can rest assure God is with us protecting us. Thank you.
Absolutely beautiful. Powerful. Insightful. True. Thank you. Keep writing.
Aunt Rene says
Identifiable and beautifully written Brooke, it’s no surprise to us that you’re now a published author. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Amanda HIll (hillpen) says
Great poem. Envisioned the tent as I read it. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Brooke, very well written and insightful. its 4.30am now and I was awakened after a dream of my young brother who is undergoing a lot of stress and depression. It reminds me that God is there to Help him in His own ways. God bless you.
I’m so glad God used this to remind you of His nearness, Ling. I will pray for your young brother. God bless you too!