For One Who Is Tired
by Grace Noll Crowell (1877-1969)
Grace Noll Crowell (1877-1969) wrote 35 books of poetry in her long life. Few are sweeter than the one she wrote “For one who is tired”:
“Dear heart, God does not say today, ‘Be strong’;
He knows your strength is spent, He knows how long
The road has been, how weary you have grown;
For He walked the earthly roads alone,
Each bogging lowland and each long, steep hill,
He understands, and so He says, ‘Be still,
And know that I am God.’ The hour is late,
And you must rest awhile, and you must wait
Until life’s empty reservoirs fill up,
As slow rain fills an empty upturned cup.
Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill.
He only asks today that you be still.”