Streams in the Desert

December 5

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jer. 10:23.) “Lead me in a plain path.” (Psalm 27:11.)

MANY people want to direct God, instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him; to show Him a way instead of passively following where He leads.
—Madame Guyon.

I said: “Let me walk in the field”;
  God said: “Nay, walk in the town”;
I said: “There are no flowers there”;
  He said: “No flowers, but a crown.”

I said: “But the sky is black,
  There is nothing but noise and din”;
But He wept as He sent me back,
  “There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”

I said: “But the air is thick,
  And fogs are veiling the sun”;
He answered: “Yet souls are sick,
  And souls in the dark undone.”

I said: “I shall miss the light,
  And friends will miss me, they say”;
He answered me, “Choose tonight,
  If I am to miss you, or they.”

I pleaded for time to be given;
  He said: “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in Heaven
  To have, followed the steps of your Guide.”

I cast one look at the fields,
  Then set my face to the town;
He said: “My child, do you yield?
  Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”

Then into His hand went mine,
  And into my heart came He;
And I walk in a light Divine,
  The path I had feared to see.

—George MacDonald.

Published by milo2030

I am widowed 5 years now and have 2 adult sons at home

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