Within my heart was fond ambition, Vain pride, and hopes of worldly fame; But still remained a place so vacant, Unfilled by highest earthly aim. Then Jesus reached His hand to help me— “Come, seek My love,” I heard Him say; I quickly left the world behind me, To follow Jesus all the way.
He led me through the verdant valleys, Where flowers bloomed by waters fair; The sunbeams glory showered o’er me, And fragrant odors filled the air. Then through the shadowed vale I followed, Where entered not a brilliant ray; I felt His touch, though could not see Him, Then whispered softly, “All the way.”
And then the furnace door was opened: Within its fiery walls enclosed, The Son of God was still beside me, Upon His bosom I reposed. When in my heart He saw reflected His image pure—as bright as day— He led me forth with joy abounding; Again I whispered, “All the way.”
I stood all ready for His service, With gold refined and dross removed; The flames had left my soul uninjured, But they my faithfulness had proved. In dismal night or brightest noonday, If Thou wilt near me ever stay, Where’er Thou leadest me, O Savior, I’ll meekly follow all the way.