We've been going through a pretty rough time with our church of late. We are looking for a new pastor, and it has caused some tension between members of the congregation. On top of that, I personally have had many tearful days. Some of my own bringing, and some because of situations I have no control over. My mom gave me a new Bible for Christmas. It's a Womens Devotional Bible and I love it. It has some really great, shortish, devotionals in it. They start in Genesis and go through the entire Bible. I won't read the entire Bible in doing these devotionals, but a good portion of it I'm sure. Anyhow.. that being said, I had this Bible with me at church on Sunday. In the evening I had a lot of things running through my mind and was having a difficult time concentrating. I began to flip through my Bible looking for those devotional sections. One caught my eye because it had an inset section, obviously a lengthy quote from something. So I read it. I almost started to cry. It's amazing how God puts things like that right there for us to grab a hold of right when we need it. It was a poem from Amy Carmichael. I don't know the title, but here is the poem.
"Our Father knows what's best for us, so why should we complain?
We always want the sunshine, but he knows there must be rain.
We love the sound of laughter and the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness if we never shed a tear.
For growing trees are strengthened when they withstand the storm
And the sharp cut of the chisel gives the diamond grace and form.
God never hurts us needlessly, and he never wastes our pain.
For every loss he sends to us is followed by rich gain.
And when we count the blessings that God so freely sent,
We'll find no cause for murmuring and no time to lament.
For our Father loves his children, and to him all things are plain.
So he never sends us pleasure when the souls deep need is pain.
So whenever we are troubled and when everything goes wrong,
We know God's working in our hearts to make our spirit strong."
I've nothing more to say. Ms. Carmichael has said it all.