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Topic: Vines (11/21/05)
TITLE: Beyond Tracing Out
By Laurie Glass
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Examining His paths – like vines,
They twist and turn and wind about.
Although I try, I find it is
Impossible to trace them out.
Through joyful, sad or trying times,
Each comes as a surprise to me.
Must put Him first, rely on Him
To lead me where I cannot see.
I never know what lies ahead.
I may be battered by the wind,
Withdraw into my hurting self,
Find bitterness to wallow in.
The future is unknown to me.
The rains may come and flood my soul.
In sorrows drown, confused, forlorn,
I will not know which way to go.
What happens next, I’m not aware.
The sun may burn me deep within.
The healing journey may be slow,
Unsure of where I must begin.
Around the corner, cannot see.
May be a victim of the cold,
Retreat from those intending harm,
Whose hurtful words have been so bold.
I know I cannot lean on self
To find my way through such a maze,
But trust the wise, all-knowing One
And follow in His pathway blaze.
Although He leads through paths like vines
In ways I do not understand,
Have faith He knows which way is best,
Cling tightly to His leading hand.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33 (NIV)
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