My friend, Zoë Elmore, included in one of her devotions a poem that really struck a nerve with me. Her statement, “We grow spiritually only from and through the trials that arrive on our doorstep,” echoed my prayer this morning. There are still some unresolved issues that are keeping me (and members of my family) on edge to see what God is going to do. But the best part is that we KNOW He has it under control. Enjoy!
It’s sometimes very difficult
for us to understand
the wisdom and the love behind
the things that God has planned.
But we wouldn’t have the rainbow
If we didn’t have the rain;
We wouldn’t know the pleasure
If we never tasted pain.
We wouldn’t love the sunrise
If we hadn’t felt the night;
And we wouldn’t know our weakness
If we hadn’t sensed God’s might.
We couldn’t have the springtime
or the yellow daffodil
if we hadn’t experienced
the winter’s frosty chill.
And though the brilliant sunshine
is something God has made.
He knew too much could parch our souls
so He created shade.
So God’s given us a balance:
Enough joys to keep us glad,
Enough tears to keep us humble,
Enough good to balance bad.
And if you’ll trust in Him you’ll see
Though yesterday brought sorrow,
The clouds will part and dawn will bring
A happier tomorrow.