We’ve had a good life together, haven’t we?
You loved me first.
For a long time, I didn’t notice You.
I eagerly received the little unexpected favors You gave.
I would not, though accept Your extravagant gift of love.
That gift, I knew, had cost You dearly.
Each time You held it out to me.
I saw the price tag in Your hands.
Do You remember the first day I finally approached You? I was so nervous.
Some had said, “This is the One you need. You’ll find happiness.”
Others said, “Stay away from this One. You’ll lose your freedom.”
Eventually, though, I took the risk.
I took Your love,
I intended to keep the relationship casual.
I would limit our meeting to once a week,
Talk to You when no one else would listen,
Never bother You with trivial matters,
Never involve You in my personal world.
You had your work, I had mine.
We would be friends, but our lives and worlds would never blend.
That day seems so long ago, yet the memories are as clear, as if it were yesterday.
We’ve been through a lot together, haven’t we?
We’ve had good days and bad days, but even the bad days were good.
On days when I couldn’t see Your face,
Or hear Your voice,
Or feel Your nearness,
I realized how much I loved You
How much I needed You.
It’s been good ‑ this walk together.
Have I grown to understand You completely?
No, but I know a lot more about You than before.
I know I can trust You.
I know that You are a faithful friend.
And I realize that You understand me,
Even more than I understand myself.
Yes, I’m glad I took the risk,
Glad I took Your love,
Glad I took Your hand.
Martha VanCise ©2013
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