by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Little fears are crouching there,
demanding to be heard.
"From hopeful days we now will spare.
Your sight will now be blurred."
"Behind the door, Security
will keep you from all harm
for in the world, it's horribly
the nights of all alarm."
"O, Jesus, Savior, pilot me
from Life's great rough and fearful sea.
When naught of goodness can I hear
break through with Thy Dear Voice so clear."
These little fears, so monstrous big,
when I do focus on each face,
but they become each little twig
when focusing on Saving Grace.
My fears may seem so small to you,
and yours to me a pittance,
but Jesus will save us all through,
and makes them be a riddance.
The fears, though small, may crouch, again
when stormy waves do grab our eyes.
"Dear Lord, please save me from these sins,
and help me see You when I cry."
These little crouching fears of Now
will no more worry us for aye.
The knee before His Sweet Face bow,
unharmed in The Eternal Day.
This poem is being inspired by last year's (2021) Christian movie, The Girl Behind the Door. If we're honest, it describes most, if not all of us at some point in our lives, even during the Christian walk. We are forced to leave the workplace and/or the world at large for one or another reason, sickness, child-rearing, attempts to strike out on our own business, or do something adventurous, but then Someone calls us back into a place of service out in the world. Fears tempt us to stay "behind the door" because we are afraid we no longer have what it takes to succeed in what the Lord is calling us to do.
I have to confess, "I can't do it, but 'I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.' (Philippians 4:13, KJV)"
by Jay O’Toole
on December 29th, 2022