Poem

The Wanted One

Michael Beck Michael Beck

I am a man unwanted
My worth in perpetual doubt
Waiting for eye to see me
Left with my hand held out

Understanding the cause of rejection
Too often increases my pain
Seeing myself through another
Introduces a battle with shame

But through this quest to be wanted
Desired and loved by someone
I suddenly saw He was looking
And calling me gently to come

I could not believe He would want me
I hurried straight down from the tree
No matter what others thought of me
It was with me that He wanted to be

I took Him to dine at my table
I never had such a fine Guest
He told me God always had loved me
Though I thought God was just like the rest

Now I knew that my very own Maker
Had His eyes upon this little one
And had loved me enough to look for me
Despite all the bad I had done

Those others who never had seen me
I no longer wanted to hate
In fact I now wanted to love them
And give to the small and the great

I leap and I dance as I love them
Who cares if they still don’t love me?
I bask in the love of my Savior
Who found me far up in the tree.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.