I Close My Eyes

I seek a place of rest.
I walk through the forest
Majestic pine trees on every side
with branches that form a canopy above
Below a beautiful pine needle bed good for my feet tread upon
There is no path laid before me
No way that I have to go to get somewhere
Only the tiny round needles everywhere
my eyes come upon a stump that juts out as if it were a seat waiting for me
I sit and I close my eyes
No trouble there is
No enemy to attack me
Only His gentle breath that the summer breeze leaves behind
I am at rest

I seek a place of peace
in a world where peace is difficult to find
I walk down a path
through a Meadow
which leads into the forest
Deep into the dense
Brush land with trees all around
In the distance I hear a babbling Brook
I set my gauge to get there
Slowly transcending the rocky terrain
I arrive at the bottom of the Hill
The voice of the brook is mumbling over the rocks
Water sweeps from my right to left
I see a stump sitting there just waiting for me
I rest myself upon that stump
I sit and close my eyes and listen to that brook
Wandering aimlessly yet relentlessly toward some distant destination
I am at peace

I seek a place of love
I am not sure where that can be found today in this city
I settled in to watch a romance movie with my wife
sitting in a chair across the Room
There are a few words
every once in a while a question
We just enjoy the movie together
There’s a connection there that one can only describe
as a feeling one gets from a long marriage
a closeness that young people just don’t understand
where that time is precious
I sit and close my eyes
I can sense her love coming across the Room
Like an aroma from a candle
I am in love

I seek a place of joy
It would be easy for me to get caught up in the things of this world
in troubles that are all around me
it would be easy to get disgusted, cold or unhappy
It would be easy to complain and murmur and boast
But I choose a higher path
I choose to walk with the Lord
To know He is always guiding and leading me
even though the Valley
even through the storm
protecting me even if serious trouble comes
Even when the tempter is so strong
I close my eyes and hear His gentle voice
I have found a place of joy

I seek the Lord
He is found
All these other things come my way
Because I put Him
All these other things I are ornaments upon the tree
The tree He is growing as He grows me
All these are the things are my desires
But His desire is that I would want only Him
When I will seek only Him
All these other things will be a natural by-product
of closeness I feel with my Lord
so when I close my eyes
I pray that God will bring me closer to Him
And that is all I pray
Then I am with my Lord

 

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