Poetry Corner: I Wait by the River, Poem Based on Habakkuk 2:17-20


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I Wait by the River, Poem Based on Habakkuk 2:17-20

by Joanne Troppello


I Wait by the River

Habakkuk 2:17-20 (NIV)


I wait by the river, a silence in my soul.

I heard and my heart pounded,

my lips quivered at the sound.


I wait by the river, without peace in my soul.

Decay crept into my bones,

and my legs trembled.


I wait by the river, speaking peace from my soul.

Yet I will wait patiently,

though the fig tree does not bud.


The river calls me deeper, I seek peace more.

There are no grapes on the vines,

and the olive crop fails.


The river calls to me, beckoning, I seek peace.

Though the fields produce no food,

and there are no sheep in the pen.


The river calls me, draws me, I need peace.

No cattle are in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord.


I step into the river, and joyful peace comes.

I will be joyful in God my Savior,

the sovereign, my strength.


I wade in the river, rejoicing, peaceful.

My feet feel like the feet of a deer,

He enables me into new heights.

I immerse in the river,

peace in my soul.


© Joanne Troppello

About the Poet


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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