I will write a new song to the Lord, for he is worthy of praise! His ways are high above the ways of men. They are glorious to behold. They bring me to my knees. I am not worthy to be included, so great are his thoughts and plans. His beautiful mind knows all. His glorious eyes search out a man's spirit and He brings all things together for good. Like a weaver he pulls threads together, he pulls blues and golds and bright crimson together in the loom to make a heart-stopping beauty of a creation, a tapestry awe-inspiring to behold. Lord, your thoughts are so far beyond mine, who am I that you would reveal them to your child?
It can only be by your holy spirit that courses within me, seeking to break down the old, the rusty and crusty, the torn and worn, the tarnished and barnacled, working to make all ways within me new, and vibrant, pulsing to the rhythm of the Father's heart. It is only by the Spirit's power and ability that my dull senses are made alive and like a faint candle in a forest do I see his movement, and squint my eyes to see, to seek out its path and stumble slowly after it. It is only by his glorious quickening of my spirit and eyes that I can see and follow. I long to catch up, to where I can bask in the Spirit's presence, to let his light pool around me, to make fear dissipate altogether, to feel the warmth and safety of his presence. What a glorious path we tread together, even at night, though all around me is dark, though forms both ominous and treacherous encroach us, ever does my gaze roam, flitting back and forth from the Spirit's light to the moon that slips from treetop to treetop. What a glorious path. I would take no other. For it is along this one that my heart is tested and made strong. It is along this one that I knew the strength that you have infused me with. It is along this one that I find rest and refreshing.
From time to time our path runs parallel to the other, the way of the weary. Like lifeless zombies it seems, they plod along, sick and decaying, neon light in their dead eyes, they have given up hope, taken a false name, traded a hurt heart for a chain. Low and coarse is their chant, their moan. It can be heard from over the sound of the wind as sorrow fills their lungs. They are blind and do not care. They are deaf and do not miss their hearing. They bump into one another with vicious violence, not caring, tearing paper-thin skin, chuckling melancholy, choking on tears. Oh Lord, I do not want to gaze upon that path. I praise you for opening my eyes to its plight for I once tread upon its thorny trail.
Praise be to you for freeing my spirit from its painful plodding. And as you lead me along, away from its horror, your heart yet hurts for these weary souls, for they, too, are sons and daughters, thought they know it not. They, in calloused hands, hold tattered and frayed ends of puppet strings, pulling themselves along, believing to be controlled by others, when all along, it is they that lead themselves.
Oh Lord, your ways are so good and I exult in your marvelous creation. Be not far from me. May I ever see your light and the path before me. Teach me your ways. May wisdom be my constant companion. Whisper to me by night and may I hear your roar in the morning and your laughter at noontime. Fill these woods with your Song and lead me onward to places of delight. Oh, that all may know this great joy.
Monday, March 13, 2017
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