O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Lead me in a plain path.
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 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 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,
The 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
Cowman Streams In The Desert December 5