CHARIOTS OF FIRE
(Inspired by 2 Kings 6:8-17)
Mighty king of Aram
At war with the armies of God,
Confers with his officers
Sending troops with a kingly nod.
But Elisha, chosen prophet
Warns the Israelite king,
And the armies of mighty Aram
Show up and find nothing.
This happens over and over again
The mighty king is mad,
He wonders who the traitor is
That's making his war go bad!
He calls his officers once again
And demands to know the man,
Who's talking to the Israelite king
Whose treason is ruining his plan.
They say, “It's not us, it's Elisha
He knows your secret whims,
Don't accuse us of wrongdoing
The real enemy is him.”
So the mighty king of Aram
Issues this urgent command,
“Go and find where Elisha is
I will take him from his land.”
The report comes back to Aram
Dothan is where you must go,
And the troops surround the city
Waiting their power to show.
Elisha's servant wakes one morn
And has himself a scare,
There are soldiers, and horses, a multitude
And chariots everywhere.
“Oh Elisha,” he cries with fear
“What will we ever do?
There are so many, they are so strong
And we are just we two.”
“Don't be afraid,” Elisha says
“For there are more on our side.”
And he bows his head and asks the Lord
“Open my friend's eyes wide!”
When the servant looks up, he sees anew
Their fate is no longer dire,
The hillsides are full of angels and horses
And mighty chariots of fire.
Sometimes when we're alone and afraid
We fail to see what's real,
That God is always on our side
In ways we can't always feel.
So trust the eyes that see in faith
Beyond the veil of this life,
And know that God's resources
Are there in every strife.
The circumstances that daunt our hearts
And seem so terribly dire,
Are really just chances for God to win…
…with His glorious chariots of fire.
© Sharon Kirby
April 15, 2006
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