One Day to Bloom: A Poem by William Thiele
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.” Jesus
In the deepest recesses of my soul
You whisper my name,
my one-of-a-kind name.
You tell me who I am.
before I hardly know my own Truth,
You tell me to say it from the housetops.
It’s like I don’t fully know who I am,
or what I’m here for,
until I say it out loud,
shout it even.
Like a flower bursting forth in color
for one day
You say things in my darkness,
and ask me to reveal those secrets
in the light.
that I must bring forth
what is born within me,
both my darkness and my light.
Only this, you say,
can save me.
I am waiting now,
drawing in breath,
drinking in the nutrients You provide,
wading up to my waist
in the dark matter
of the hardships of this human life,
watching for the next emergence
a burst of color and light.
Will it be another book or movie?
Will it be that risky project
I’ve always known you were calling me to?
Will I even know what You’re doing
deep in me?
Or will the pregnancy be brief,
and the birth long and beautiful?
And when some want to praise me,
instead of glorifying You,
will I deflect it
and sing Your song even louder?
And when some want to revile me
even some family and friends,
will I stand firm
and follow Your direction
and be You in me?
Will I clasp Your birthing with both arms
in a full embrace,
and then set it free
and let it fly
and be saved
by letting it go
into the world,
Lord of every single thing that lives,
if this is my one day to bloom,
then do Your thing through me.
Use me any way You want.
And when I close my eyes
on this one day,
may I really know
I am You.