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This post is written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is “Willing”

I have to admit when I read the word “willing,” I immediately thought of the Wendell Berry Poem. 

Willing to die,

You give up your will.

Keep still until, moved by what moves all else,

You move.

            It seems this poem has resonated for me over the years. It has echoed more loudly in my mind and spirit in the past few months. In days such as these, I want to take one step at a time. In fact God whispered the words, “Step by step” to me recently. I am not to worry about what comes next. I just need to be willing to walk by faith.

           The willingness is the test. Am I willing to give up all for what God wants me to do? Am I willing to risk ridicule to stand firm in my beliefs? Am I willing to give up my will? If so, I must enter the stillness. I must listen to the whispers of God. I am to keep still, until moved by God, I move.

           This is not easy for someone who by habit or work ethic has been a “doer.” I realize that what I am called to do may not be what other people are called to do. Am I willing to be a fool for Christ? If the answer to that question is a resounding, “yes,” then I must keep still until moved by what moves all else, I move. Today, God is moving…and so am I.

1 thought on “Willing

  1. I love Wendell Berry’s poetry… but I didn’t know this one! What a lovely thought. Thanks for sharing! (and hello from your FMF neighbor! :))


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