Sunday, January 25, 2009

Through The Storms

I did not know His love before, the way I know it now. I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.

I had it all, without a care, the "Self-sufficient" lie. My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His love for me, I thought I'd seen His grace, I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I'd found my place.

But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly rolled; The waves began to rock my ship, my anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride. It fell apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide.

I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead, And so I simply prayed to Him and bowed my weary head.

His loving arms enveloped me, and then He helped me stand. He said, "You still must face this storm, but I will hold your hand."

So through the dark and lonely night He guided me through pain. I could not see the light of day or when the storm might wane.

Yet through the aches and endless tears, my faith began to grow. I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.

I saw God's love in brand new light, His grace and mercy, too. For only when all self was gone could Jesus' love shine through.

It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered, "Why?" At times I thought, "I can't go on." I'd hurt, and doubt, and cry.

But Jesus never left my side, He guided me each day. Through pain and strife, through fire and flood, He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before how great His love can be. How in my weakness He is strong, how Jesus cares for me!

He worked it all out for my good, although the way was rough. He only sent what I could bear, and then He cried, "Enough!"

He raised His hand and said, "Be still!" He made the storm clouds cease. He opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace.

I saw His face now clearer still, I felt His presence strong, I found anew His faithfulness, He never did me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come, but only for my good, For pain and tears have helped me grow as naught else ever could.

I still have so much more to learn as Jesus works in me; If in the storm I'll love Him more, that's where I want to be! ~Author Unknown

Hebrews 13: 5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

13 Thoughts On The Matter:

Mildred said...

What beautiful, comforting words today.

Dani Joy said...

Beautiful! Love the verse you put with it too.

Abounding Treasures said...

What a balm for the weary soul ...

Do you know who the author of the poem is? I'd love to copy it onto my journal ...

By the way, I LOVE your blog's new look ~ very spring-like :o)

Blessings Cathryn!

Cindy said...

This is beautiful.

susansspace said...

This poem really spoke to my heart today! Thanks for sharing it!
Blessings,
Susan

susansspace said...

Boy, am I slow! I was so preoccupied reading your post that I didn't even notice your
beautiful new background until after posting a comment. I love it!! Best one yet!
S: )

Deborah said...

What a beautiful poem!

Susan B said...

So beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

(Your new background is lovely.)

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

What a lovely poem! God bless you.
Bren

karin said...

Lovely new look! So pastel and pretty. Lovely poem and so true!

Pilar Stark said...

Thanks so much for sharing, what a beautiful poem, it really blessed my heart today.
Btw, love your background :)

Abounding Treasures said...

Cathryn,

Just wanted to let you know that I love *Secret Garden* -- didn't realize you had them on your playlist until I heard them :o)

Blessings!

Sue said...

That's a good description of the Christian life many people experience. Praise God he is with us in this life, and not just in heaven.