“you seem so far away from me today
just out of reach
or maybe i’m the one who’s out of reach
out of touch.
what is it in me that makes you so heard to see?
i need new eyes. spiritual eyeballs that looks past
the bills that need paying
and the car that needs fixing
and the e-mails that keep coming
to see what lies beyond.
eyes that can see in the dark.
and through the dark
to you.

i’ve been looking
in the wrong place all this time —
in myself rather than you,
within this world rather than
beyond it where the kingdom
of God resides, where you live,
and secretly smile at my shortsightedness—
and wait.
i’m glad you’re so patient.


—Steven James, excerpted from Story


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