This Short And Paved Detour
If waking at sunrise
If you never dreamed
the stars were glistening
holes in Heaven,
If you never walked the forest beside the wilderness,
If you never thought the moonrise on the ocean was God himself,
If the road was paved in
autumn and you didn't get to see the golden dirt.
If a blanket of snow
didn't cleanse you,
If the rain never cried out all of your tears,
If the flowers in spring
didn't fill your world with fragrance,
If a summer night didn't
get your foot on the gas and car music blasting,
If you never knew the love
of a domestic animal.
If your soul never felt the depth of music,
If your heart never moved a mountain at the mention
of your God,
If a child has never brought
you the biggest joy you have known,
If you have not been awe-inspired or humbled by our Saviour
If you have never loved enough to offer yourself up
in place of another who
If you never knew a true love,
If you have never consumed the ocean air
and embraced its
If you never walked alone
and seen another set footprints,
If you have never seen the face of God
on this short and paved detour, These are the blessings on your path to eternity.
I have seen them all, I thank God for all these blessings, even as the sun sets.
Fear not, you have a long
road and you will
find them each step of your journey and in the end,
you will surely know all of this was a gift to us from an Awesome God, this short and paved detour.
~Angel Cher 4/2016