Salvage and salvation
Over a lifetime, in my own way,
I’ve been moving toward You –
in darkness, by fits and starts, studying warily
the scriptures, claims, promises,
attuning myself to some real
or imagined inner guide.
Here and there at various speeds and coming
now and then to a complete stop,
wondering which bedimmed fork to take,
or why go on with such a lonely, desperate search.
But only very recently, the sun has peeked
over the heaving edge of the world
enough for me to see that I have
ever been trekking the vast deck of a ship
as You return me surely, safely,
irrevocably to home port.
I’m leaning on the rail right now,
taking in the breaking sun, the salt wind
and wondering what I might do, if anything,
to aid in my own salvage and salvation.
O child of God, learn your ship duties;
prepare well for the immeasurable voyage ahead.