Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Eyes On You

I’m sure many people can relate to me when I say there are seasons in life when you feel like you ’re going through trial after trial after trial. I’ve heard my Pastor say that as a Christian we’re generally either going through a trial, coming out of one or just about to go into one! Not the most encouraging thought but probably very accurate! I often find myself thinking, “Thank goodness I have Jesus to help me!”

There are of course wonderful times of peace and rest but I was learning that it’s when you’re going through fiery trials that it ’s more important than ever to fix your eyes on Jesus. As a young, single woman living in London at the time of writing this poem I was incredibly grateful to find that I could rely on God to be my comfort and my strength in all situations. He really taught me a lot about turning to Him with my troubles and watching Him work through my circumstances.

Saturday, 31 May 2008

The Girl Within The Picture

By Lucy Wall

In order to explain how I came to write this poem I feel it’s important to share my testimony first. It gives a backdrop and “sets the stage” for my inspiration you might say!

I was very blessed in the sense that when I was growing up my Mum took me and my sister each week to Church and brought the Word of God into our lives at an early age. We went to a Church called Calvary Christian Fellowship in Motherwell which is Pastored by David Simpson.

I know that as a young girl I had a relationship with Jesus and I always knew that He was real. His presence within my heart was very clear to me and even in my childlike understanding of things He spoke directly into my life and made His existence known to me.

I remember that each night before I went to sleep I’d be lying in bed and I would pray to Him. I would just talk to the Lord about all the kinds of things that might concern a small a child. Of course when I look back now at the prayers I can see how trivial these things were in the grand scale of life but they weren't trivial to me at the time and therefore they weren't trivial to Jesus. He would give me a peace in my heart about whatever it was I was concerned about. I knew that as His daughter my prayers were listened to. My loving Heavenly Father always helped me in my situations and showed me that He cared about the details of my life.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Save Some

By Lucy Wall

"Save Some"  is a poem about sharing the Gospel and one of my main sources of inspiration was a quote by the 19th Century Preacher Charles Spurgeon. He said,

"Save some O Christians! By all means save some! From yonder flames and outer darkness. And from the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, seek to save some. Let this, as in the case of the apostle be your great, ruling object in life, that by all means you might save some! "

This quote really made me think about the consequences of not knowing or rejecting Jesus Christ and the reality of judgment day. It filled me with an urgency to share the truth and the good news of redemption through Jesus while there is still time.

A few months before I read this particular quote I had heard a sermon where the speaker used an analogy to describe the position a Christian is in when it comes to the importance of sharing the Gospel. The analogy compared this world to a house in perilous danger, perhaps with a gas leak or already on fire with the Christian being aware of the coming danger. He went on to say that we have the responsibility to alert the other "inhabitants," thus giving them the chance to escape too.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Mud In My Eyes

By Lucy Wall

This poem was written when I was going through a season full of change, uncertainty and persecution. One morning during this time I was doing some Bible study and I was taken to the passage of John 9:1-11 which reads,

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”  Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.””

After reading this passage I felt inspired to write a poem entitled ”Mud In My Eyes. ”

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Stumpy-Footed Pigeon

By Lucy Wall

It never ceases to amaze me how inspiration can appear from anywhere and at any time. My inspiration for ”Stumpy-Footed Pigeon” was, as you may have already guessed, a stumpy-footed pigeon!

For anyone who has ever visited or lived in London you’ll know how many scruffy, scraggly looking pigeons there are around! It was while I was waiting for a train one very cold day on the platform of Hammersmith Tube Station that one of these poor little feathered creatures got my mind ticking. The pigeon, looking rather worse for wear, hobbled past me on two stubby little legs with barely a toe in sight. My heart immediately went out to the sorry looking bird and I found myself thinking, “Poor stumpy-footed pigeon. ”

I went on to think about how hard life is for a pigeon living in busy London town and how the effects of their difficult little lives can often be seen in their dirty, misshapen appearance. I concluded however that as long as the pigeon had his wings he was equipped with what he needed to survive and this brought a small smile to my face regarding the pigeon ’s welfare! I certainly took great joy in watching him fly away.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Case Dismissed

By Lucy Wall

There are three main areas of inspiration for my poem "Case Dismissed. "  The first is a particular verse from the Bible which is 1 John 2:1 which reads,

"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. "

The first time I read this verse the message really jumped out and hit me! The power of the words made such an impact on me that I stopped everything I was doing and thought about what I 'd just read.

What this particular Scripture did was it really personalised my Saviour to me. It told me that not only does Jesus know my name and exactly who I am but He also takes the time to defend me in spite of all my flaws! This just amazed me! It filled me with a new level of adoration for Him and helped me understand a little more about how great His love is for me.

When I heard my Pastor give a teaching on this particular Scripture it really brought back all the initial feelings I 'd had when I first read the passage. What it also did though was it gave me a much deeper knowledge and understanding of exactly what goes on in the realms of Heaven between Jesus and Satan. This equipped me to put my thoughts and feelings down on paper and these two areas of inspiration have very much influenced the second half of my poem.