Since I love the outdoors and agriculture and living simply, I enjoy reading pretty much everything written by Wendell Berry. If you haven't heard of Wendell Berry, he is a farmer and a writer and his writings have themes about such topics as agriculture, food, and being connected to the place where you live. There are many poems of his that really stir my heart. But recently, I have been reading from This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems and I found a poem that was very moving to me right now. Here it is:
We travelers, walking to the sun, can't see
Ahead, but looking back the very light
That blinded us shows us the way we came,
Along which blessings now appear, risen
As if from sightlessness to sight, and we,
By blessing brightly lit, keep going toward
The blesséd light that yet to us is dark.
I love this one because to me, it speaks to how we as Christians, set our eyes on Christ and spend our lives traveling in and toward his light. We can't see what is ahead of us and often it is confusing and difficult to understand why God allows certain things to happen in our lives. But when we look back, we can see how so many things we've gone through have led us to where we are now. It reminded me of the post I wrote about my calling and the ways that God has worked in my life to make me into the person I am today.