He Was There

By

John G. Lee

Prelude: This poem was written after "The Lost Way" This poem will stand alone but should be read after "The Lost Way". The Lost way leaves some things unsaid that I hope this poem brings in to focus.

When I was young, I knew the Way and tried my best to walk with Christ.

In times of stress and crisis, I could call his name and feel him close to guide me.

When we were married, Barbara and I knew the Lord stood near and wished us well.

But then the Fates were cruel and I lost the Way

For more than 30 years I thought I walked alone.

Then at last, I found a path back to the Way.

As I look back, I can see, perhaps, I was never so alone as I thought.

When Death was stalking neigh, five times He was turned away .

And, each time, I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near.

Again when a comrades life was slipping away, we prayed together

As he left this life, he smiled, I cried, and later,

I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near.

Later in life, as my children were born and as I held each new born gift in my hands,

I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near.

As each child was married, as they stood before the alter for solemn and happy vows,

I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near.

Again as I held each new born grand child in my arms,

I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near

When my Father passed to the other side in his sleep while looking peaceful in his journey,

I thought, perhaps, the Lord was near

Then once again, I found the Way, with the help of others.

Once again I became a seeker of the Way.

I look back, as I think we all can, and see the times the Lord must have surely been near.

Even though we donít seen to care, the Lord is there.

I know now that I was only looking the other way and did not see Who was there

I know now that I was like a child playing in the yard, thinking he was on his own

while his mother watched him from the window

I know the Lord was really watching, perhaps even guiding while I looked the other way

Now I know, I was never really alone, the Lord was there.

But I looked the other way

Can we not all look back to some other time and see when the Lord touched our lives?

Now I earnestly pray, that when I look to my side, I will see the Lord there.

Now I earnestly pray for the Lord to take my hand and lead the Way.

Now I donít only want to look back and see the times the Lord was Near.

I want Him near each and every day to guide the way-------

To do His will.

For My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

For My family

A seeker of the Way