Monday, May 6, 2013

He Chose This Path For Me

'He chose this path for me.
No feeble chance, or hard,
    relentless fate,
but love, His love, hath placed
    my footsteps here.

'He knew the way was rough
    and desolate;
knew my heart would often
    sink with fear,
yet tenderly He whispered,
    'Child, I see
    this path is best for thee.'

'He chose this path for me,
though well He knew sharp thorns
    would pierce my feet,
knew how the brambles
    would obstruct the way,
knew how my feet would falter
    day by day;
and still the whisper echoed:
'yes, I see
this path is best for thee.'

He chose this path for me.  What need I more?
This sweeter truth to know,
that all along these strange, bewildering ways,
O'er rocky steeps and where dark rivers flow,
His loving arms will bear me all the days.

A few steps more,
I myself shall see
this path is best for me.'

(from In Love With The Divine Outcast, compiled by A Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1934, pp. 186-187)

Painting:  Caspar David Friedrich, A Walk at Dusk (detail)

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  1. Beautiful. And what sharp thorns do pierce our feet cannot compare with the nails that pierced His own. Sometimes I think that when we are spared suffering it is not so much of a blessing as a kindness because of our own weakness.

    1. I'm so glad you compared the sharp thorns to His nails. I hadn't thought of that, and it is just what I need to think about right now. And what a good perspective that our being spared is because of our own weakness. Thank you so much!

  2. This touched me, today, Nancy. I think of how we can see our path as rough when we still have our health and control of our lives. But, it seems that life is a process of increasing surrender, until the final complete submission into immortality. I don't think it feels scary until it becomes a reality and if we haven't learnt to trust, by then, I think we might be in trouble. I'm not sure if that makes general sense - it might just be a personal connection.

    It's a beautiful poem and a lovely picture. Thank you for sharing, Nancy:-)

    1. Actually, I think what you wrote makes wonderful sense. As someone "getting on in years" (smile), I not only think this... I feel I am seeing it in myself. Which is, of course, a personal connection on my own part!

      Thank you, Vicky.

  3. Love this! It reminded me of a quote from scripture I have been reflecting on: "...I have chosen you out of the world..." from John 15:19.

    He has chosen's a powerful reflection and one could hardly feel worthy of it.

    Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you, Theresa! What a perfect scripture to connect with this.... thanks so much for sharing it.

      May you have a blessed day as well!