Call Back, if You Get Ahead

I read this post today from “Streams in the Desert.” Have you ever had someone “call back” and encourage you in your life?

Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody “call back” and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If anyone among us has found anything worthwhile, we ought to “call back.”

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 thunder and the earthquake shook the hill,
He bore you up and held you where the very air was still.

Oh, friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot see your 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, oh, friend, call back—
’Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.
—Selected

From “Streams in the Desert”

This song says it all.

4 thoughts on “Call Back, if You Get Ahead

  1. Beverley says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Ingrid.
    Your transparency with life – the beautiful and the ugly has benefited my mountain climbing life. So, I’m calling back to say, “Thank you for your encouragement to all.” I know I’m not the only one whom you’ve helped along the way. 🙂

  2. glad4grace says:

    Thank you, Ingrid. “Streams in the Dessert” is one of my daily reads. Lord bless your household.

  3. Julie Collins says:

    Thank you, Ingrid, for sharing your heart, your struggles and heartache, and your blessings with many of us who follow your blog. You have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to me in helping me to keep focused on Christ in difficult circumstances. My prayer for you and your beautiful family is to grow in an even greater faith and strength in Christ. May He fill your hearts with His presence this Christmas. May he turn the hearts of those who would try to harm you to true repentance and open their eyes to see the error of their way so that they may repent and be saved.

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