Wait for the Harvest – A Poem

When your basket is empty
and the harvest is far away
despair is all your heart recalls
and you can’t bear another day
call on the Lord of the harvest
He will hear you when you pray

In times of great tribulation
your faith the Lord is growing
His perfect and pleasing will
is what He desires your knowing
He will deliver harvest aplenty
fill your basket to overflowing

* * * * *

In the book of Ruth, Naomi finds herself with an empty basket, an empty life. After traveling to a foreign land, her husband dies and then her two sons die. She is left with only her two foreign daughters-in-law. Her life is bitter and barren. But then she returns, with her daughter-in-law Ruth, to her homeland in Bethlehem just at the beginning of the barley harvest. By the end of the story the Lord has refilled her basket with many blessings. During our group discussion of chapter 1 last Monday evening the idea for this poem was born.

4/2/13 update: I’ve shared this for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night today. Head over and check out some other poetry.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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10 Responses to Wait for the Harvest – A Poem

  1. Truedessa says:

    Nice, we all need a little something in our baskets during the life..


  2. Thank you for the meaningful post ~


  3. a beautiful poetic midrash about Naomi’s life and Ruth’s.


  4. Tony Maude says:

    I love the Book of Ruth; being a Moabite, she was one of the skeletons in Jesus’ family closet 😉 Nicely woven poem, with strong rhyme and rhythm.


  5. brian miller says:

    it is nice to have the reassurance that the harvest is coming…and that there may be a reason behind the toil we feel at times….that we go through…


  6. Debbie says:

    I loved this Linda . .could feel that despair and empty basket, and then the renewal and hope of God, filling up all the empty places. God bless you!


    • Deb, We all have those times of loss, of feeling like our basket is empty. It is so comforting to know that our God is faithful to bring us through to the harvest. 🙂 Peace, Linda


  7. Jamie Dedes says:

    Book for Ruth – a fave.
    Nice poem.


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