The King Calls

Have you envisioned your day
before ever your eyes were open
and saw the sameness
stretching out
over and over?

I know I have.

Have you opened the window
before ever the door was cracked
and saw the greyness
stretching out
till the bark touched the sky?

I know I have.

But a different sound
is rising in my hearing
and a different view
is beckoning my eyes to see.

The King Calls

The King calls my name

“Spend your day in Royal Courts”

My pauper robes fall

Who is this Fair One?

The Lord, the Ancient of Days

True King over all

There’s a feast for me

And you, spread by the Great King

This day hear Him call.

–Bettie Gilbert

If I listen
to His voice,
I will find 
the feast in the grey,
the sun for each day.

“You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.”

It sometimes comes in the midst of
grey and sameness,
the call to Feast with Him.

I have the choice to listen

or to turn.

The day remains the same,

but my heart
is what will change

When I feast with the King

and feel the 
Sunshine of His love.

These poems were offered as part of the #Haiku #Poetry Challenge issued by Ronovan Hester over at his site:
where the prompts for this week’s challenge are “King&Day.” Join me there for a gathering of great Haiku.

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18 thoughts on “The King Calls

  1. Thank you for visiting here also, Kimberly! I am thankful that we connected during those #31Day posts. It's so good that we can share encouragement with each other! –Blessings!


  2. So beautiful, sweet friend! It reminds me of the Scripture where it says, “Come away with me”, I think it is in Song of Solomon. Those times when the dear Lord calls us aside to commune with us are so precious. Thank you for sharing your dear heart here. God bless you!


  3. Oh how lovely! Your words are breathtakingly beautiful, inspiring and holy inspired, full of hope and encouragement. There is so much in them I can relate to and take solace from. Bless you, dear friend, your Muse is moving you in a wonderful way! xoxo


  4. Yes, Cheryl, those invitations offered in the Song of Solomon are so precious, aren't they? I am trying to be more aware and listen for His calls to “come away.” I am so grateful that He wants to have communion like that with us! Blessings and Hugs to you! xo


  5. Dear Joy, I am so thankful that you found solace here! Your kind words mean so much to me, my friend! As we are in these days of stillness, it is so encouraging to know that we are not alone in this journey. There is ONE who is calling each of us to that place of communion, and from that place we find communion with those souls who travel similar paths. I am so grateful for your friendship along this journey. May you be blessed and cared for deeply today! xoxo


  6. This post is so timely for me, Bettie. Tears pool my eyes when I read of how God revives our drooping heads and how His beauty and love chase after us. And this – “If I listen to His voice, I will find the feast in the grey, the sun for each day.” Sometimes when my body feels so tired and achy, and brain fog snatches words or what I was going to do next out of my head, it's hard to find that feast in the grey. Thank you so very much for this encouragement, my friend! May He daily give us sufficient grace! Love and hugs!


  7. Dear Trudy,
    Oh I am so thankful that you were blessed here today, my friend! Although I am sorry for the tired and achy days that you have been facing. I love it that God does “revive our drooping heads, and His beauty and love chase after us.” Those are such beautiful thoughts that I am letting sink into my heart also! Love and Blessings and Hugs to you! xo


  8. So absolutely true! “The day remains the same . . “
    But somehow everything is different!
    May God give us eyes of faith to take in the brightness of His glory when it invades the grey!


  9. Amen! I too want to have those “eyes of faith” watching for the “brightness of His glory.” I am so grateful that our Lord continues inviting us to share in His Presence. –Blessings!


  10. I love all your haiku, Bettie. They make me want to rejoice and glorify my Savior! And the scriptures you chose are so encouraging. “If I listen
    to His voice,
    I will find
    the feast in the grey,
    the sun for each day.”
    May this be true for us all!
    Many blessings to you, dear Bettie, my poet/sister/friend! xoxo


  11. Thank you so much, Gayl! You are an encouragement to me! I am so thankful that our Lord is always inviting us to share in His Feast–and poetry seems to be one of those feasts, in my eyes. Glad we can share that! Hugs and Blessings to you also my poet/sister/friend! xoxo


  12. Beautiful!!! “Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
    I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.” – especially spoke to me. Thank you for sharing the scriptures, it feeds all the parts of me and I am so glad we have it. Love you sweet friend, blessings!!


  13. Dear Meg, I'm so glad for God's Words that bring such a feast to us. Sometimes a different paraphrase will hit me in a new way, and cause me to slow down and listen. Love you too dear friend! Have a Blessed weekend!


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