Sunday, May 11, 2008

full consent

I've returned to this poem again and again, in those sunless hours when all I need to take one more step is a reminder of the One I'm walking toward.

For You, Jesus, I'll take the barren days and rocky steps. I'll be misunderstood or betrayed or abandoned, if that means the fellowship of Your suffering. For You, Savior, I'll keep walking.

The Gift

I heard today
Of a decrepit native woman
Who walked mile after mile
Under the blistering sun
To bring a small gift of embroidery
To the missionary she deeply loved.
Hour after hour she trudged
Over rough, rugged roads
Clutching tightly her small gift.
Her weary body sagged
Her vision blurred
Her bare feet bled from the jagged rocks.

Grateful but overwhelmed,
The missionary wept.
The trembling old woman spoke softly:
"Please understand.
The walk is part of the gift."

My Lord
My commitment to You is for life.
I give myself to You unreservedly
To do with me as You please.
But may I not forget
That the tears, the fears
The strain and the pain
The sunless days
The starless nights
Are all part of the whole.
In my total commitment
I give full consent:
The walk is part of the gift.

~Ruth Harms Calkin

Photo taken by Elaina Scougale on Mount Arbel, Israel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee


3 Comment:

At 5/11/2008 2:27 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

Oh, I so needed this. What a refreshing post and a breathtaking picture! Thanks, Shanny. Love you. :)

At 5/11/2008 3:09 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

p.s. I read this to Mike and he loved it too. I'm going to treasure this poem.

At 5/12/2008 8:07 AM, Blogger Cora had this to say ...

Truly a beautiful poem and what a way to express our walk.

One of my favorite pictures. Seeing it left me longing to be there, sitting on the mountain, gazing at the sea and communing with the One whom we take this walk for. I can't wait to experience it all over again :)


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