“Lean Hard” by Octavius Winslow

Child of My love, lean hard,

And let Me feel the pressure of your care;

I know your burden, child, I shaped it;
Balanced it in My own hand; made no proportion 
In its weight to your unaided strength,
For even as I laid it on, I said,
“I will be near, and while she leans on Me,
This burden will be Mine, not hers;
So will I keep My child within the circling arms 
Of My own love.” Here lay it down, nor fear 
To impose it on a shoulder that upholds 
The government of worlds. Yet closer come: 
You are not near enough. I would embrace your care; 
So I might feel My child reclining on My breast.
You love Me, I know. So then do not doubt;
But, loving Me, lean hard.


“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). 

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27, NIV)

2 thoughts on ““Lean Hard” by Octavius Winslow

  1. Oh, I love this so much. Thank you Michelle for sharing it with us. the words “lean hard” and “I know your burden child, I shaped it..” well, the Holy Spirit really spoke into my heart with these.

  2. I first read this poem in Streams In The Desert – in ’87. It was as if God was talking to ME, and it was written just for me, for that moment. Praise God!

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