How far have you gone?
Sweat shed can’t supersede the tears,
Tears spilled throughout the years,
Terse cries, no one had heard, not even one.
Thousand detours vanquished,
Despite the vicissitudes of life,
You remained adamant, yet jovial;
Vague queries in life, chased.
Speculate life would end; you’re worn out and torn,
Trials that hinder made into stepping stone,
Grin that masked frown unfeigned,
No pretence, no time to scoff, not even to scorn.
Immense step unheard race aside,
Unmindful you wallow, you wish to brawl,
Then suddenly you stop, take heed,
Heading toward the narrow path, you abide.
Gazing with wonder you recognized,
Tender feet punctured, fully healed;
“Are those Jesus’?” you asked to be sure,
Holes torn with cruel nails, realized.
“Go on my child, nothing to be afraid of,
More toilsome journey you need to bear;
Reach your destination without a cost,
I trod it ahead, so you won’t get lost”.
“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.” Elisabeth Elliot
“In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.” Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 474
Note: This poem was published in University Voice – MUTAWI Vol.8 No.1 (2009) under the title ‘Sojourner’s Fate’ with one of my pseudonyms. I preferred the new title, Sojourner’s Faith. I actually wrote it in 2008. Photo credit: Josel Faminiano
*Republished from my old blog, Curly Bookworm (* published on September 13, 2011).
Feedback from a friend, a fellow travel blogger, AJ Poliquit of The Transcendental Tourist:
“This could be a travel blogger’s prayer. Fits right there in the journey metaphor. It reminded me about the active nature of faith. And you’re a mountaineer! Good for you…” (September 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM)
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