He would rather

It would be grand to make His home
amongst the sun and stars
Or build Himself a mansion on the other side of Mars
His house could be a castle filled with statues and fine art
But He would rather live inside your heart.

It could be that on ancient stone
He’d speak in paint and ink
Or leave His love notes scrawled in minty toothpaste in the sink
He could have carved his words on little pebbles in the brook
But He would rather put them in a Book.

He could listen to great symphonies
and poet’s famous verse,
Or hear the wrens and bluejays with their tweets and squawks converse.
His favorite sound could be the forest’s rustling leaves and limbs
But He would rather hear you talk to Him.

You could swim in vats of money and
wear clothes of solid gold,
Have all the games and food and fun and stuff that you behold
He could spoil you silly, load you down ‘til “Uncle!” you could plead
But He would rather give you all you need.

You could wish to change your nose to one
much smaller than you’ve got
Or your face could be more pink or brown with fewer specks and spots
It might be your desire to change your looks upon a whim,
But He would rather make you look like Him.

He could fashion the most beautiful
And grand celestial maid,
With glitt’ring hair and stars for eyes, who all His words obeyed
She could radiate with glory, be the object of His pride,
But He would rather take you as His bride.

You could go by Bobby, Spencer, Carter,
Chucky, Goose, or Rick
Or answer to Jemima, Little Lucy or Big Nick
But those don’t carry quite enough distinction or acclaim
For He would rather call you by His Name.

It was His gentle, skillful hand
that formed your little face,
And in His book inscribed your members in that secret place
He commands the rain and sunshine, taught the birds to build their nest
He’s the One who loves you most, and He knows best.

–written for my kids, Summer 2009. 🙂

3 thoughts on “He would rather

  1. Brooke,

    What a wonderful poem! I love it… And I love that you wrote it for your kids. When they are older they will absolutely cherish this!

    I believe with all my heart that if you train them well they will come back around, even if they stray for a season. They are tethered to the word and the way and can’t ever really lose their way completely…

    I don’t know how old your kids are, but be encouraged. You’re doing an amazing job!

    Grace,
    Madison

  2. Thank you, Madison!
    I agree and believe that today’s investment into my children will not be lost…the Word will not return void! (Isaiah 55:11)
    Thank you for your encouraging words.
    Be blessed!
    Brooke

  3. I do love this!! The word pictures are perfect, and I can just hear you read the words to Zayuh, Emmy, Joely and ‘Liza … ‘specially the part about the minty toothpaste.

    My grandkids are so blessed.

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