[Papercut Press] 2003-05-13 - Seeking God in Adversity

Originally Published 99-07-12

Amos 4:13 For behold, He who forms mountians and creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, The Lord God of hosts is His name.

No one who has experienced God's mercy and forgiveness would deny that God is merciful and gracious to us in unmeasurable abundance. That being true, life is still often filled with shattered dreams, unrealized expectations, bitter disappointments, and broken relationships. It is the wise person who can say, in the midst of struggle, that God's plan for them, bitter as it may seem, is best.

The following is a poem that was published about 160 years ago. I'm not sure when it was written, but the author is someone by the name Thomasina Hood. Whoever Thomasina was, he/she knew a thing or two about life and the reality of that faith which sets its affections on those things that are above and lasting rather than those that are temporal and fleeting. I hope you enjoy the insights set to poetic verse.

When fortune frowns and honours fade,
And all our earthly hope's decayed;
When disappointment's deadly blast
Hath nipped the joys we thought would last,
How sweet to find there is above
A Being who is full of love!

When foes in arms are gathered round,
And nought is heard save strife's dire sound,
Strife which, when fortune smiled, we thought
Never to know should be our lot;
Still, still we know there is above
A Being who is full of love!

When friends whom once we loved most true,
And who professed to love us too,
In sorrow's hour are kind no more,
This is the pang of all most sore;
Oh! Then to have as Friend above
That Being who is full of love!

When banished from our native home,
All friendless o'er the world we roam,
Our prospects blighted in the bloom,
And all this side the greave is gloom,
Then would we wing our flight above
To that One Being full of love!

Soli Deo Gloria,

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