Sometimes in the Christian walk, truths seem to grow stale; this isn’t because they are less applicable, less empowering, or less valuable, but rather because we bring our own misconceptions to the table in considering them. Sometimes a fresh perspective, a fresh explanation, of the simplest and most potent truths is the only way that they can truly hit home. Recently, I came across the beautiful poem written by George Herbert in the 17th century. Is it possible that in order to fully grasp something in all of its beauty, we must look to the wisdom of the ages in order to be lifted out of the narrowness of our perspective?
Having been tenant long to a rich lord,Not thriving, I resolvèd to be bold,And make a suit unto him, to affordA new small-rented lease, and cancel th’ old.In heaven at his manor I him sought;They told me there that he was lately goneAbout some land, which he had dearly boughtLong since on earth, to take possessiòn.I straight returned, and knowing his great birth,Sought him accordingly in great resorts;In cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts;At length I heard a ragged noise and mirthOf thieves and murderers; there I him espied,Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.