I SPOKE TOO SOON! (POEM AND DEVOTIONAL FOR THE NEW YEAR)
So at long last, the New Year Day has rolled in
But it isn’t the new year I’ve been hoping for
It’s just another long and lonely sleep-in for me
My head is aching from my sleeping endlessly
Last night should have, would have been fun
Watching TV for the fireworks around the world
Popping champagne with my family and friends
Praising God at the prophetic crossover night
But I’m not in the mood for the company or noise
Tried so hard to get officially coupled last year
Been in love with this girl for 10 years and more
Then she says, “Not now” when I finally propose
I’ve always believed, in fact I know it for a fact
That it doesn’t bode well when a lady hesitates
“Not now” might be nice for “In your dreams!”
Thought we were on the same page all along
They say you should never ever hang your joy
Don’t hang your happiness on one person alone
I guess they’ve never seen that someone unique
Who so completes and invigorates them
Now a knock, no, a pounding on the front door
Don’t want cheery neighbours laughing in my flat
I’ll just go out, act ill and get rid of them all
This is gonna be a long, sad and lonely year
But lo, it’s my girl with a hamper by her feet
By the look on her face, I know I’ve hit pay dirt
She holds me so close I can hardly breathe
Then I usher her in to hear the good news
“Sorry, I missed our Christmas date last year
I gave myself a two-week personal retreat
I knew you were the one but wanted to be sure
And now I can say ‘Yes’ with all my heart”
But I said, “Not now,” was the wrong response
If all she wanted was to pray and confirm
“I was thinking of earning my bachelor’s first
Now I see that our marriage can’t hurt that goal”
“Are you sure there’s nothing else you’d weigh?
Don’t wanna enter another hellhole again”
She held me tight, gave me her solemn word
Spoke too soon, this gonna be my best year yet!
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017
HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR
This poem is still a work in progress but I want to use it to say “Happy New Year!” to everyone, especially those who aren’t feeling so cheery going into the new year. Do not let the disappointments of last year dampen your hopes in this year. Don’t allow them to make you conclude that this year is gonna suck as well.
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:19,
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – (ESV)
The Lord can give you new and better miracles than those you expected last year. Besides, the issues that weren’t settled for you last year are not necessarily lost causes. God can recover, reclaim, repair and restore that which you had given up on. He did it for David in I Samuel 30:8. This was while he lived as a refugee in Ziklag. He came back from a botched attempt to help his benefactor, Achish, King of Gath, in a battle with Israel to find Ziklag burnt and the families of he and his men taken away captive.
“And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” – (KJV)
That is what happened soon after. David not only recovered what had been stolen from him, he came back with great wealth, the spolis from the raids the Amalekites who had attacked Ziklag carried out on the surrounding regions.
That’s the kind of situation I tried to depict in the poem: the sudden recovery, not the sulking part. The young man in the poem felt sure he had been turned down by his girlfriend when he asked to marry her but she came back saying she’d been praying about the matter and she was accepting his proposal. This happened right on New Year Day while he was hiding in his flat to “escape” the merriment that accompanies ushering in a new year.
So, cheer up! Don’t speak too soon! Don’t speak negative things into the new year. Keep trusting God, keep pleasing Him and my prayer is that Psalm 37:4 will be your portion in Jesus’ name.
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – (ESV)
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