In those times when adrift on the ocean

And all horizons are water and sky

And there is little breeze to fill our sail

And nil forward movement as waves float by


—Direction be unknown

—Through sunrise and set

—And heat of day exhausts

—And weariness stems rest


The cool soon arriving as night comes forth

And bright blinding light yields to twinkling stars

Which render the word that all is not lost

Their journeys beheld but though from afar


—To’ard proving perspective

—Allowing to behold

—That traveling proceeds

—Though languishing be sold


In perceiving the celestial we see

The Lord is steering! The heavens insist!

For no other message can e’er be told

The sky is ablaze with starry inscripts!


Wonder abounds though alone w’ hardship

The raft floating still? is moving on path

His guidance is clear with spiritual eyes

Our faith the force that saves us from wrath


As mighty attacks from enemies strike

No perfect storm or terrible tempest

Succeeds in defeating the sailing mate

Or stalls our motion aligned with His best


—And though we seem floundered

—And held fast and anchored

—Our journey goes onward

—Our Savior at Starboard


© 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

Posted on March 8, 2021, in Verse and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wow, RJ! This is amazing, and I love the message. You have a poetic gift!


  2. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. God bless!


  3. Hallelujah and Maranatha Amen!! GOD Bless ALL my Sisters and Brothers in Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah and Your Families and Friends!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann


  4. wonderful! thank you for sharing your gifts


  5. Thank you for sharing this

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  6. I see that I read and commented in 2011 :). Commenting again–I love “His guidance is clear with spiritual eyes.”


    • Thanks Linda. I first posted this in 2011 but we were not following each other then. I posted it again in 2019 and 2021. You read it both times and commented on the latter. I appreciate it. I think the poem speaks clearly to times that all Christians go through. Regardless of circumstances, we must always stay in faith. The Lord knows what He is doing (understatement alert). He is always at the Helm.

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