It’s that time again…
To take up my post in the middle of the night.
My body is weary, wanting more sleep.
My mind wanders, debating whether I should get up.
I have to. I need to.
I must stand watch.
Night after night, I look out in the distance,
All I see is the darkness staring back at me.
The thoughts in my mind echo loudly,
As the silence around me is deafening.
To wait unexpectedly brings impatience and sorrow,
Wondering how long this will take.
As I arise each night,
I remember the reason I take my post:
I am on the lookout for what is to come.
I remain steadfast in my position to hear the answer.
Otherwise, I would be content with my comforts,
Oh, how tempting that would be!
Yet, I would not be here… searching and longing.
I look out again,
Alas, the same as before… nothing.
I think back to why I am in this position,
It can be easy to think I have done something wrong,
Or I missed it,
This cannot be the case.
Believing these thoughts would be consuming a lie.
There’s a reason I need to take up my post each night,
I do not have the complete picture in front of me.
There is a purpose to the delay,
I have to trust in what I cannot see,
For all I can perceive is darkness around me.
Yet I wait, and I station myself at the watchtower,
Knowing full well that I take my stand in faith.
A time will come when I look out in the distance –
In the midst of the blackness of the midnight sky,
A messenger will be coming from afar.
That is why I must stand watch and wait,
The answer will surely arrive.
Although it may linger beyond my liking,
It will not delay.
I will see what revelation He will give to me.
Therefore, I stand again on this night,
Standing guard at my post on the watchtower.
Inspired by Habakkuk 2:1-3
Have a blessed week!