XXV. What matter if I wander as if lost?

All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost. -J.R.R. Tolkien

For it is I this day who have made you a fortified city, A pillar of iron, a wall of brass, against the whole land: Against Judah’s kings and princes, against its priests and people. They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. -Jeremiah 1: 18-19

What matter if I wander as if lost?

Appearance and emotion can deceive.

Shall darkness make me quick forget the cost,

The death He bore, my freedom to achieve?

What fear I then, though path from me is hid?

With Christ I walk. I know my journey’s end.

That truth alone my heart of dread should rid!

That Shepherd ever Good to need shall tend.

And if this seems not so, the cause I name:

I see not what I need, where peril lies.

My wayward heart none but the Lord did tame;

My trust that merits when my vision dies.

“I’m with you, to deliver you,” He swears,

A patient answer to my anxious prayers.


About Victoria Grefer

Victoria is a New Orleans girl, born and raised, with an appreciation for the charm of the Deep South. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English and a master's degree in Spanish literature, all from the University of Alabama. From the age of six she dreamed of becoming a writer, and her writing career begin in the third grade with a series of stories about herself and her friends solving mysteries. She self-published the Herezoth trilogy between 2012 and 2014 and is working on its second edition. She is soon to be a graduate student of theology.
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