Pioneer- 1)One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle. 2)One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development. 3)Leading the way; trailblazing. 4)To open up (an area) or prepare (a way). 5) an innovator or developer of something new. 6)a person who goes to a new, often uninhabited or uncivilized (part of a) country to live and work there.
Through the wonderful world of Skype I was in contact with my friend Torbjorn Erling from Höganäs in Sweden at the weekend. Torbjorn in my mind is one of those new breed of apostolic people, not looking for pulpits or stages or ministry or names and titles but firmly planted in a region faithfully digging with those that will dig with him. Grounded rather than rising up. But that is another subject altogether. Through our conversation Torbjorn mentioned a song that somebody had shared with him by a guy called Rick Pino called ‘Pioneer’. He said I should listen to it. Immediately after our conversation I ventured over to Youtube (no song is hidden anymore) and hunted it down. Found a bit of a dodgy video of the song (:)), but the words!!! Talk about getting you right down deep inside, right into that place that a guy called Clay Nash once called the Knower. You just know something is touching Spirit to spirit, deep to deep. Have thought alot about these words this week and wanted to share them with you. They will definately touch something deep inside anyone on a journey at this time and in this season.
Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner
Uncharted wilderness stretches before you
And you thrive on going where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely when darkness rears
So sing by the fire until the dawn
Have often been spoken to about launching out into uncharted waters. While in the safety of the harbour the prospect of the journey ahead can seem very exciting. The unknown brings a buzz of adrenalin. As someone a bit famous once said ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before.’ The journey then becomes a place of storms and turbulent seas. The fresh new lands open up into miles of wilderness. The promise of a new rich life full of gold becomes years of tough farming of the land and eating more dust than produce of the land. Instead of people around you life is full of barren landscape. The journey can be a very lonely one. I am so thankful to God for connections and for technology that brings connection. Have made some amazing friends on this journey over the last few years. Yet here in the Rhondda Valleys, although surrounded by people and churches, it is a lonely path. At this moment in time here in my region there is not yet one other person journeying as I am. That I have found yet anyway. I sound a bit like Elijah when really there may be hundreds like me, but I am yet to connect with them. Loneliness either forces you to go back tot the known paths or you learn total dependance on Him. You sing by the ‘Fire’ until dawn. Isolation can be a real challenge on the journey. Everyone goes on about gathering and not neglecting it, but who do you gather with when no one else is around without going back to the old roads? Just Father and family.
You travel light and you travel alone
And when you arrive nobody knows
But your Father in heaven, He is glad you can go
Cause those who come after you will need the road
This is not the journey for those that love man’s praise. Infact the opposite occurs as even friends begin to question your walk, faith, standing, wisdom etc. No one is there to look and comment on how wonderful your personal destination is. There is no building or fruit to give evidence of success. No one holding a sign to say welcome you have arrived. This is not about man’s approval. We go for Him and Him alone. We walk with Him and Him alone. What keeps the fous is that the path we are paving is not just for personal benefit it is for others. For my children and my children’s children that they may live in a new day. There will be wrong turns and mistakes but they are made so others will not have to. The only person that needs to comment about us being a good and faithful servant is Him. People think we have gone off the radar. We have and we will never come back onto it again. Like Elisha we have burned the plough, there is no going back.
The Wilderness Pathway
And what you have done, others will do
Bigger and better and faster than you
But you canʼt look back, you gotta keep on pressing through
Thereʼs a wilderness pathway and itʼs calling you
Those that follow will probably be the one’s who get the recognition. They will see changes overnight that you may not have even seen in a lifetime. Can cause great frustration as others just walk in easily to what you have fought blood and tears over. Does this cause us to lose the focus of the terrain ahead? No. We keep walking. We keep digging. We keep ploughing. We keep cutting back the overgrown weeds and thistles and thorns to find the new way. The wilderness pathway is calling. The call is greater than the cost, and it costs everything. Every now and again you look over your shoulder and see the comfortable life and long for the easy road again. But you would never be happy there again. I know I tried it. To appease others I tried it, but Narnia kept calling me. The song of the wilderness was always there calling. I had to go, there is no other place where I want to be. For all the pain, isolation, criticism, misunderstanding, loneliness, seeming fruitlessness, the road calls. And I will go for You.
Calling you, calling you
Keep pressing onwards, you can’t stay here…
And only your Father goes before you to your own frontier
Youʼre a Pioneer
(Song by Rick Pino Lyrics by Nancy Honeytree)