My Life Vest


My Life Vest
By Tom D Blakely

When I was only thirteen, I had a rowing boat
It took a lot of putty, to keep the thing afloat.

It had an antique outboard, that started with a cord
At least that was the theory, for often it would not.

I used to get a soaking, when I launched out to sea
Especially on a rough day, with no one there but me.

A difficult manoeuvre, from sandy beach to surf
Rowing through the breaking waves, till it was deep enough.

Ship oars, start outboard motor; but if it wouldn’t fire
I had to go back to the oars, before it crashed to shore.

But when the motor started, I could head out to sea
With one hand on the outboard, I tidied things near me.

The waves made no allowance, for my decrepit boat
It banged, it crashed, it shuddered, yet somehow stayed afloat.

Everything got moved around, in rough and stormy seas
The life vest for example; kept for emergencies…

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And that’s what got me thinking, though many years have passed
Because I never wore it; What good was that life vest?

It’s like God’s word the Bible; What good is it to me
If I keep it stored away, for some emergency?

I need to read and trust it, to know God’s will for me
Instead of being careless, and fail Him miserably!

God’s word is like a life vest; to wear and keep it on
It keeps us safe and stable, and free from any harm.


“I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
[Psalm 119:15-16]


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