In the poem “Himself”, author A. B. Simpson contrasts stages of “once” and “now” in his spiritual journey:
“Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.
“Once ’twas painful trying, Now ’tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the uttermost.
Once ’twas ceaseless holding, Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas constant drifting, Now my anchor’s cast.”
Coffee/tea thought:. Lord Jesus, please work in me the heart described in this poem. I want to desire You alone.
Ref: Excerpts from the poem “Himself” by A. B. Simpson (1843-1919)