The Path I Had Feared To See

I’m not even going to apologize for all the references I make to George MacDonald.

Before I was considering Moody as a school, I found a poem about “Obedience” by him. It challenged me so much. Little did I know that God would indeed bring me to a city…and now I keep coming back to this poem. I did not make the choice he did, nor for his reasons, but I am motivated to look beyond what is eye-level in this city to discern what God is doing, and where I can join.

(The girl in these pictures is one of the first friends I made in the city. She is a statue simply called “Fountain Girl” and I visited her often my first year in Chicago. The day I took these pictures, someone had filled her water bowl with dandelions.)

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

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I said, “But the skies are black
There is nothing but noise and din,”
And He wept as He sent me back,
“There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”

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

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I said, “I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say.”
He answered, “Choose to-night,
Whether I am to miss you, or they.”

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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.”

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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?”

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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.

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