The December 19 entry in Streams in the Desert (see quoted section below) really touched my heart, especially the line that says "we should ‘call back’ our encouragement to others."
It caused me to think of how many people have entered my life who "called back" encouragement to me when I was blinded by mist, fog, haze, and clouds. And I, in turn, as God has proven faithful, as prayers were answered, as I learned another lesson, as the summit was reached, have called back to those behind me.
It’s one of the reasons I write Christian fiction — to encourage, to offer hope, to "call back" to those who are now walking the paths that I once walked.
This will result in your being witnesses to them. (Luke 21:13)
Life is a steep climb, and it is always encouraging to have those ahead of us “call back” and cheerfully summon us to higher ground. We all climb together, so we should help one another. The mountain climbing of life is serious, but glorious, business; it takes strength and steadiness to reach the summit. And as our view becomes better as we gain altitude, and as we discover things of importance, we should “call back” our encouragement to others.
If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back —
It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perhaps, 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 lofty air was still.
O friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot see your face;
They say it glows with triumph, and your feet sprint 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, O friend, call back —
It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.
Thank you, the many who have called back to me throughout this year. Your words have encouraged, lifted, and strengthened me. Your words have given me guidance and help me find my way. Sometimes you haven’t even known you were calling back to me, but I heard you anyway. God bless you.
In the grip of His grace,