Posted by: Jim E | October 17, 2010

I’m Calling Back…”Wait ‘Till You See This View”…

It’s Sunday…and time to look a little inside oneself…it just seems fitting sometime…and today is the day…a little encouragement for the journey…

I retired in 2000…I was 58…so you would say, “That makes you 68.”…and that is so right…I feel everyone of those years…but I also have learned from each of those years…sometimes it give me “a leg up” on what is happening…seeing it through a lens that encompasses many years and experiences…I am dusting off something I wrote in 2002…let me share it with you here…I will edit, not for length as you well know if you have followed this blog…but for clarity, etc…

It’s title is: Call Back…and was written in 2002…enjoy…

Ever since I retired…no, I think it’s been since my parent’s health deteriorated…I’ve been thinking more and more about the end of life…I don’t mean that in a morbid sense, I mean it in a real sense…that is, how in our last years of life, do we live life well…

Someone has said, “As we move into our older years, sooner or later our strength diminishes. We may suffer from a painful illness or some crippling ailment; we may be unable to care for others, or for ourselves; we may experience the loss of those we love; and the shadow of oncoming death will grow darker.”

Remember, I said I will not get morbid, just real…(so hang with me)….so trouble and death come to all of us…we don’t know the timetable nor the how life will end…

I have wondered many times…when a life is lived well, with God and man…why do some of those lives end with such difficulty???…when there is suffering from pain or mental problems…when sometimes that one who lived life so well, questions God…or is confused…and as we stand back and watch…it is so hard…but this is our humanness we are seeing and feeling…when the body and mind break down…we can see our own mortality which we will someday leave behind to meet the Lord Jesus…

The best way I can put it…”That’s the way it is.”…there are no answers for any of us…life has it’s beginning and it’s end…but I believe what we do with the in-between is the real question…

Psalm 71 tells us there is still work to be done for God, even when health and strength fail…”I will hope continually.”…”My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness.”…”O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declared Your wondrous works.”…

It is also our work when we have our health and strength…to encourage those on the journey…to strengthen the hands of those around us…hold the light for those lost…to “Call Back” to those behind us…and do this until we can no longer encourage…strengthen …hold the light…or “Call Back”…

In Elisabeth Elliot’s book “The Shaping of a Christian Family”…she writes this: “When we climbed those mountains in New Hampshire, some of us would get tired sooner than others. There would always be one or two who would rush ahead and see the summit while the rest were still toiling upward. There would be a shout…’Come on! We’re almost there! Wait till you see this view!'”…

Elisabeth’s mother sent her the following lines when she was a young mother. She was cheered by her call and she hoped this would be a “Call Back” to cheer others:

–If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back…

“Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;

And, if perchance, faith’s light is dim, because the oil is low,

Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.

–Call back, and tell me that He went with you into the storm;

Call back, and say He kept you when the forest’s roots were torn;

That when the heavens thundered and the earthquake shook the hill,

He bore you up and held you when the very air was still.

–O friend, call back and tell me, for I cannot see your face;

They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race;

But there are mists between us, and my spirit eyes are dim,

And I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him.

–But if you’ll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry,

And if you’ll say He saw you through the night’s sin-darkened sky,

If you have gone a little way ahead, O friend, call back…

‘Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.

I can say little lest I take away from this poem…but this little bit I will say…though we don’t know what lies ahead…and we don’t know our end…I do know this…I want to be one who will not worry of the end…but will “Call Back” to those still on the trail…the journey is a wonderful one…I don’t have the answers…I don’t think anyone does…but this I know…He is with us in the storm..and when we cannot see…He hears us, even in our cries…and as time goes on, allows us to see a glimpse of His Glory…and a desire to go Home…

So those of us at this end of the journey, cup our hands around our mouth so you can hear us…and we call back to you, “Come on! We’re almost there! Wait till you see this view!”…

Jim Elmquist 2002 (and 2010)

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