Five Minute Friday: Abandon


This poem was written in five unedited minutes on the prompt “Abandon” for Five Minute Friday.


Far too long

I’ve sat on this branch

waiting for the perfect time to jump.

Too breezy today, I’d say.

Too high.

Too far.

Now you’re prodding me

to take flight.

You nudge me further out,

whispering your promise:

I will never abandon you.

So I tiptoe slowly

wind whipping

dead leaves rustling

branch swaying.

I watch a hawk glide

with effortless glory

over the pond.

It’s my time.

So I release my grip

and strength enters my wings.

I’m flying now!

I lean into the wind current

and abandon my fears

because you promised

to catch me if I fall

to uphold me with your strength

to show me new vistas.

I look to the east

and see the sun streaming bright

through grey clouds.

Questions for you:


How does God’s promise never to abandon you inspire you to let go of fear?

What do you need to abandon to soar to greater heights for God’s glory?


I invite you to buy my brand-new book for only 99 cents this week!  The Fruitful Life is a study on the fruits of the spirit, perfect for this Lenten season.  Please hop over to Amazon and download it for only 99 cents now!

Two free resources for this book await you if you sign up for my email list below.  I’ve created a 40-Day Study Guide and 40 Days of Prayer so you can have a more fruitful season.  Sign up here to gain access to these free resources, plus lots of other exclusive content!

* indicates required

If you want even more out of this book, join my Facebook group now.  You’ll discuss this book in community with other readers.  They are an encouraging, inspiring group!  As a group member, you’ll have chances for giveaways not listed here on the blog.  Request to join today.

If you liked this post, I would appreciate your shares on social media, using the links below!

This post will be linked up at #fmf, #dancewithjesus, #faithnfriends, #freshmarketfriday, and #graceandtruth. Visit my linkups page to find links to these wonderful blogs.


Enter your email address to receive 5 Days to Greater Peace instantly!

* indicates required

  • God’s promise to never abandon me gives me courage to live boldly. Without God’s constant love and care I would not dare to dream and go after my dreams. Thank you. Blessings to you!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Mari-Anna! Blessings to you!

  • Sylv_R

    Wow. Beautiful. I reverted to poetry on this prompt, too. (And I’m next-door to you today on FMF.) So glad you did! I love your flight take-off on the prompt, and the way you’ve brought it to life–as well as those two good questions at the end.
    Sylvia R at

    • Sarah

      Hi Sylvia! Thanks for your visit. I am heading to your site now!

  • Great poem! Abandoning our fears is not easy but it is amazing when we manage to do that and we find ourselves flying in God’s strength.

    • Sarah

      Lesley, I’m terrified of heights, so this poem is simply metaphor. Yet, my spirit soars with God’s help and strength, as you said!

  • Love this! What do I need to abandon? That’s been a question I’ve been grappling with (and really, I know the answer to…) I’ll be rereading your poem as a meditation. Thank you.

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much, Annie. Visiting your site now.

  • Beautiful! I love the lines: I lean into the wind current

    and abandon my fears

    because you promised

    to catch me if I fall

    to uphold me with your strength

    to show me new vistas.

    What a lovely take on this week’s word!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Charlie! Blessings to you!

  • Carol Van Der Woude

    Your post brings to mind the verse, Isaiah 41. I love the word picture that you have made for abandoning fear and anxiety!

    • Sarah

      I love that chapter of Isaiah, Carol! Good reminder!

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Love this, Sarah! And you reminded me of one of the few good memories I have from childhood.

    Before I could work up the courage to jump off the high board at the public pool, it was removed, and the lost opportunity nagged at me.

    So I thought, Right, we have to fix this…so I got up on the roof, and jumped from there to the rather hard ground, prodded by my own shame.

    Finding no bones broken, I went up and did it again and again, for fun.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Andrew! I am not brave enough to jump off even the lowest diving board. Metaphorically, I feel strong to take leaps with God’s strength. Checking out your post now!