I stare at the calendar after I turn the page,
For the month has arrived that I increase in age.
I pause for a moment to look back in time,
And consider the mountains that I had to climb.
Some peaks were chosen, but many were not.
Deep sadness and great joy have both been my lot.
I doubt I’m alone when my head wants to know,
Have I chosen wisely each step I did go?
The answer’s not easy, if truth would be known.
There are those disappointed in what I have sown.
It seems I’m rejected more often than not.
And it’s hard to find many who want what I’ve got.
But you cannot judge rightly when you only look back.
For the truth of the ending you surely do lack.
The seeds sown today rarely look all that great.
And a life as it grows is a tough thing to rate.
So, I also look forward to the mountains ahead,
The ones filled with joy and the ones filled with dread.
For both are a part of this journey of life,
The paths that are pleasant and those filled with strife.
The secret I’ve learned is to keep looking above,
To the top of the mountain where I’ll rest in God’s love.
He helps me along when the way looks so dim.
And I find there is hope when I’m focused on Him.
“Well done, good and faithful” l do long to hear.
So I just keep on climbing, knowing He’s always near.
© 2019 by Tom Lemler
The calendar says I will be turning another year older this month, though there are days that I think I already have. 🙂 It is easy for me to become very reflective regarding the past and it seems these poems flow most freely when those times of reflection are filled with great discouragement. I suspect it is God’s way of walking with me through the discouragement and helping me to see the hope that He offers to me and to all those who remain faithful to Him. The mountains and valleys of the past have shaped me, but in the perspective of eternity they don’t define me in the way that being faithful in the journey yet ahead will. I pray that wherever you are in your life’s journey, whether looking back with pride or discouragement, you would choose to look ahead to the One who calls you to Himself and only asks that you arrive as one who is faithful.