Shifting Land and Sinking Sand

The earth did shift!
Did God lift His hand?

All hope in man is shifting land, sinking sand.

His proud waves
stayed not their place
but rolled in
that they may speak

of His power
of His might
of His mercy, Yes!

They speak even now of His compassion!

How calm the sea
of hearts that feel
His passions raging.

How shaken the faith
of men who design
tremor-proof castles.

Some idols did shift!
Did God lift His gifts?

All trust in luxuries is shifting land, sinking sand.

Man’s fondest gems
did not calm His axe
but lost their value
that they may speak

of His blessings
of His grace
of His mercies, Yes!

They speak even now of His patience!

How calm the mind
of hearts that seek
God’s true wisdom.

How turbid the thoughts
of men who drink
their own conceit.

Some pride did shift!
Did God lift His head?

All trust in rank is shifting land,  sinking sand.

Man’s surest sways
did not trump His will
but were silenced
that they may speak

of His worth
of His beauty
of His holiness, Yes!

They speak even now of His promise.

How sure the life
of hearts that break
beneath His cross.

How swift the days
of men who worship
ease and comfort.

Some status did shift!
Did God lift His voice?

All trust in works is shifting land, sinking sand.

Man’s highest aspirations
did not change His truth
but were shattered
that they may speak

of His sovereignty
of His faithfulness
of His Son, Yes!

They speak even now of the Savior!

How dead the death
of hearts that trust
in Christ for life.

How real the graves
of men who build
their own good heavens.

Some treasures did shift!
Did God lift His eyes?

All hope in wealth is shifting land, sinking sand.

Man’s novel dominions
did not thwart His gaze
but were uprooted
that they may speak

of His majesty
of His kingdom
of His justice, Yes!

They speak even now of His return!

How great the joy
of hearts that sing
God almighty reigns!

How dark the day
of men who’ll scream
Mountains, fall on us!

— Petra O. Hefner

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10 thoughts on “Shifting Land and Sinking Sand

  1. Dear Petra,
    Such God-glorifying poetry seems delicately fitting at a time of such untold pain. Thank you for transcribing the raw, poignant truth of Japan’s woes (the whole world’s) into such beauty.
    -E

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  2. Unbelievable. You have captured so well and expressed so appropriately the shifting sand of a life apart from faith in Christ.

    Thanking you for poetry that points, straight as an arrow, to Jesus Christ.

    Love you!

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  3. Man’s novel dominions
    did not thwart His gaze
    but were uprooted
    that they may speak

    of His majesty
    of His kingdom
    of His justice, Yes!

    They speak even now of His return!

    Awesome Petra!

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  4. Very powerful poem, Petra. There is no safety, there is no where to stand apart from Jesus Christ. May God have mercy and bring more into that safe place.

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  5. Petra,
    My comments must be getting old to you. I’m going to have to expand my vocabulary just to express my awe. Perhaps I’ll just have Elizabeth say it for me. She always does an amazing job. :)

    Compassion, patience, promise, Savior, return…words full of truth and yet, so much love. We’ve been praying for Japan, and this will be such a gift to share with my children.

    (Wow…perhaps we’ll have to start a “Petra’s Poetry Night”)

    Thank you for blessing me once again. Your words move me to tears and overflowing gratitude for God’s goodness and mercy.

    I love you much, but I do have to tell you that Ink is NOT up for adoption. :)

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  6. “How great the joy
    of hearts that sing
    God almighty reigns!

    How dark the day
    of men who’ll scream
    Mountains, fall on us!”

    I think this more than anything is what I am struggling to grasp with the events in Japan, and is why I am so unsettled and feel quite dislocated really. Your poem beautifully captures the biblical truth surrounding events like this. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and blessings.

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    • I absolutely agree with you about processing things through writing them down, that is exactly why I blog too! Faith is indeed a verb, as our salvation is something we work out in fear and trembling – and to be honest, there is much fear and much trembling now in my faith.

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  7. Thank you for visiting Thistle Cove Farm, it led me back to you. The poem is amazing and what an incredible testimony to the glory and greatness of God. I have a respectful fear of Abba but trust Him for keeping me in the palm of His righteous right hand. That’s why I get up in the morning, that’s why I sleep restful at night.

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