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Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)
TITLE: Lonely Roads and Stoney Paths
By Charla Diehl
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A kind stranger said to me,
“Let me help you with your load.”
I rejected his friendly plea.
I told him to be on his way
And to leave me to myself.
“I’ll handle things, thanks anyway,
I really don’t need your help.”
Away he went, this man so kind,
But his memory with me remained.
I’d stop to rest and in my mind
There was something I retained.
Was it his piercing eyes, I thought,
Did they see my inner depth?
Did he know what made me wrought
With pain--The recent nights I’d wept?
I trudged along ’neath stormy clouds
That shadowed this stoney path,
When I heard a voice--not aloud,
Emerging from somewhere past.
Just whispery sounds at first,
I couldn’t make out a word.
When these thoughts (or were they verse)
Became clearer, I felt assured.
With the pounding in my heart
I stopped dead in my tracks,
I felt an answer come in part,
Though it’s uncertain when I asked.
Then suddenly that stranger’s voice--
The man I’d said was kind,
Was urging me to make a choice,
“Believe or be left behind.”
Quietly His Spirit-words
Began a change in me.
A revelation then occurred--
God’s watching over me!
Back in my youth He mattered,
Bible stories then made sense,
When grownup dreams were shattered,
God existed in past tense.
My life--it wasn’t ending
Because things had gone awry.
I’d chosen to stop spending
Time with Him--I wonder why.
I want to believe again--
My heart and mind I’ll give.
I left Him once, to my chagrin,
Today I choose to live.
My mood lightened into a smile
At the beauty from this ridge,
The devil’s quest was to beguile,
But the Lord built me a bridge.
This bumpy road--Life is its name,
Helps to strengthen when I’m tested.
Embraced anew, I won’t complain--
My trust, that’s what’s requested.
This morning’s sky--a dreary black,
Now clothed in golden hues,
His words--my bridge, my way back
To God and all that’s true.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.
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