Monday, June 01, 2009

Serving Jesus in the middle of a City

George MacDonald
"What Christ Said"

I said, "Let me walk in the fields,
He said, "Nay, walk in the town;
I said, "There are no flowers there,
He said, "No flowers, but a crown."

I said, "But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din.
But He wept as He sent me back;
There is more," He said, "there is sin."

I said, "But the air is thick,
And fogs are veiling the sun.
He answered, "Yet hearts are sick,
And souls in the dark undone."

I said, "I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say.
He answered me, "Choose tonight
If I am to miss you, or they."

I pleaded for time to be given;
He said, "Is it hard to decide
It will not seem hard in heaven
To have followed the steps of your guide."

I cast one look at the field,
Then set my face to the town;
He said, "My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?"

Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He,
And I walk in a light divine
The path I had feared to see!



Phil said...

Very encouraging. Good thoughts for the beginning of the week. Thanks Justin.

Anonymous said...

Ahh I love George! Have you read his novels?

Thanks for posting this.

Mrs. W said...

I love this poem. A great reflection on why we sacrifice the health of our lungs (and so much more) to live in the city. Clint and I have been missing NYC. Vancouver is such a quaint little city in comparison.

Love to you and the family!