Streams In the Desert for Dec.5

"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." (Jer. 10:23.) "Lead me in a plain path." (Psalm 27:11.)

Many people want to direct God, instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him; to show Him a way, instead of passively following where He leads. ---Madame Guyon.

I said: "Let me walk in the field"; God said: "Nay, walk in the town"; I said: "There are no flower there"; He said: "He 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 souls 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 fields, 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.
--- George MacDonald.