Disturb Us

About several Sunday afternoons ago at a friend’s apartment, I had the privilege of hearing some first-hand stories and accounts of life and ministry in China. Her ministry was very much grassroots, carried out in a manner befitting St. Francis of Assisi’s infamous quote “preach gospel at all times… use words if necessary.” Her ministry involves words quite significantly, but consists not of preaching or proselytizing.
It was refreshing to be moved again at how God works his kingdom: slowly and one life at a time. I just want to share this poem she shared with us which reminds me of the Switchfoot song “Dare you to move” (I first read the reference from Scott William‘s blog article: I Dare You to Move and here on his blog.)

Disturb Us

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
Sir Francis Drake -1577

One Response to “Disturb Us”

  1. Amber Ballard says:

    I love this poem.
    I put it up on the wall at work to remind me not to become complacent with work or life, to question everything and always be open to the spirit.

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