by Elizabeth de Barros
Supreme Ruler of the Visible and Invisible Worlds,
My heart is drawn out to thee
for thy amazing grace and condescension.
Thou hast kept my conversion fresh before me,
that season of my first spiritual comfort
when I passed through the Red Sea by a way
I did not expect.
I rejoiced then for that unthought-of passage,
that delivered me from the fear of the Egyptian
when I had almost despaired of life.
I rejoice now as these things are
fresh and lively in my mind.
My soul melts when I think of thy days of old with me,
when a poor worthless creature without wisdom to direct or strength to help myself
was laid under the happy necessity of living upon thee
and finding thy consolations large.
Thou art my divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells,
my life, hope, joy, peace, glory, end;
May I be daily more and more conformed to thee,
with the meekness and calmness of the Lamb in my soul,
and a feeling sense of the felicity of heaven,
where I long to join angels free from imperfections,
where in me the image of my adored Saviour
will be completely restored,
so that I may be fit for his enjoyments and employments.
I am not afraid to look the king of terrors in the face,
for I know I shall be drawn, not driven, out of the world.
Until then let me continually glow and burn out for thee,
and when the last great change shall come
let me awake in thy likeness,
leaving behind me an example that will glorify thee
while my spirit rejoices in heaven,
and my memory is blessed upon the earth,
with those who follow me praising thee for my life.
-Retrospect and Prospect, The Valley of Vision
There are days when my tongue clings to the roof of my mouth and it seems as though I’m dumbstruck. I suppose I am, when I look at what God has done. And while I cannot fathom what He will do next, I am certain of this one thing: The earth is His footstool and Heaven is my home. And I know that He is good, and I trust in His wisdom to allow what He will for His divine purpose.
Soli Deo Gloria.