The Solitary Way
There is a mystery in human hearts,
And though we be encircled by a host
Of those who love us well and are beloved,
To every one of us, from time to time,
There comes a sense of utter loneliness.
Our dearest friend is “stranger” to our joy,
And cannot realise our bitterness.
“There is no one who really understands,
No one to enter into all I feel;”
Such is the cry of each one of us in turn
We wander in a “solitary way.”
No matter what or where our lot may be,
Each heart, mysterious even to itself,
Must live its inner life in solitude.
And would you know the reasons why this is?
It is because the Lord desires our love,
In every heart He wishes to be first,
He therefore keeps the secret key himself,
To open all chambers and to bless
With perfect sympathy and holy peace,
Each solitary soul which comes to Him.
And when beneath some heavy cross you faint,
And say, “I cannot bear this load alone,” you say the truth.
God made it purposely
So heavy that you must return to him,
The bitter grief, which “no one understands,”
Conveys a secret message from the King,
Entreating you to come to him again.
You cannot come too often or too near.
The God of Mercy is infinite in grace,
His presence satisfies the longing soul
And those who walk with Him from day to day
Can never have “a solitary way.”