Launch Out

I saw a small rowboat tied to some rocks.

A hand was suspended in mid-air holding

a pair of scissors, as if waiting for permission

to cut the rope, releasing it to move away

from the shoreline.

I’ve never been one to jump too quickly into  unchartered waters, so when the call came for me to accompany my husband for an extended period of time on the other side of the world, I hesitated. I worried. I fretted.

Truth is, I needed someone to cut the rope of my comfort zone. Only thenwould I be free to let go of the familiar and trust God for the unknown.

God knew about my struggle. He always does. Yet I needed to needed totell Him about my doubts and fears. When I did He spoke peace through a poem. The words took root in my heart and before I knew it, my whole perspective on the  journey of a life time completely changed.

Come away with Me, Beloved.

Break away from

thoughts and cares

that bind you.

Release your grip,

Let go and

give it all to Me.

Launch out!

Leave the shores

of doubts and fears.

Put well out to sea,

with soul anchored,

trusting Me.

Launch out!

Push away from

others’ expectations.

Your heart will be set free

to please only Me,

when you launch out

in the depths of My love.

If you struggle to let go of your comfort zone, I invite you to join me—let’s tell Him about our doubts and fears. Then let go and let God open those doors He’s calling us to. 

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

21 thoughts on “Launch Out

  1. Glenda,

    I read this poem to my young daughter and she asked “Is it safe?” I told her no – the depths of love are not safe, or easy, but rewarding and breathtaking and fulfilling in a way that we’ll never experience in the shallows. Thanks for sharing this tender word, Glenda!


    • Wow Becky,

      Becky, Your daughter asked a very good question and her mother’s answer was absolutely true!! Thank you for adding another perspective to this poem. Hmmm…maybe a seed of thought for another blog!! Hugs for you and your sweet daugher!

      In Christ Alone,


    • Amy, Yes, letting Him take us where He wants us is what it’s all about. Oh for amazing grace that enables us to relax and let go into the arms of the Lord. The only safe place for body, soul, spirit. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Reblogged this on Glenda Mills and commented:

    Something happened in my life this week that stirred up memories of the poem and blog I wrote years ago….And now I’m feeling led to share it with you–praying you may be encouraged to let go and trust God to chart your troubled waters. It’s the safest place to be in our ever-changing world, my friend.


  3. Love the pictures and the poem! As we know, it is all so true…The old song, ” Trust and obey”, comes to mind….Much love dear friend…such things only come from one who has walked in deep waters and found Him faithful. Lvu


    • Trust and obey…for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus…and He just keeps beckoning us to go a little further into the depths of His love. Thanks for stopping by and sharing, sweet friend.


  4. This is beautiful, Glenda. I’m behind on blog reading but glad I saw this as I did not see it when you posted this a few years ago (maybe we had not yet connected at that point?) At any rate, I’m glad you posted it again- so rich. I especially LOVE the last stanza, Many blessings to you as you launch out in this season! xoxo


    • Cindy,
      Yeh, we had not connected when I posted this the first time. So glad you liked this…yeh, that last stanza still ministers to me…when my heart can be free to please only Him, I am truly letting go and launching out deeper into His love. Your blog ‘Deeper Still echoes the voice of our Captain. Hugs!


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