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22 July 2008

All Else But God

When is the time to trust?
Is it when all is calm,
When waves the victor's palm,
And life is one glad psalm
Of joy and praise?
No! For the time to trust
Is when the waves beat high,
When storm clouds fill the sky,
And prayer is one long cry,
"Oh, help and save!"

When is the time to trust?
Is it when friends are true?
Is it when comforts woo,
And in all we say and do
We meet but praise?
No! For the time to trust
Is when we stand alone,
And summer birds have flown,
And every prop is gone,

All else but God.

When is the time to trust?
Is it some future day,
When you have tried your way,
And learned to trust and pray
By bitter woe?
No! For the time to trust
Is in this moment's need,
Poor, broken, bruised reed!
Poor, troubled soul, make speed
To trust your God.

When is the time to trust?
Is it when hopes beat high,
When sunshine gilds the sky,
And joy and ecstacy
Fill all the heart?
No! For the time to trust
Is when our joy has fled,
When sorrow bows the head,
And all is cold and dead,
All else but God.

Rest assured that if God waits longer than we desire, it is simply to make the blessings doubly precious.

excerpted from Streams in the Desert

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Chel said...

Oh I LOVE this poem! Thank you for sharing this...I really needed it!

Do you do what I do? I complain when things aren't "good," but that's when I get to see God in all His Glory: when I have to fully depend on Him! When will I learn?

I've looked up this devotional and will be acquiring it soon. I MUST read the rest of it.

Thanks for the comments this morning...you are such an encouragement to me!

Have a great day!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

How did you know this is EXACTLY what I needed to read today? Thanks, Jodie.

Tonja said...

don't you love this devotional?
it's been the tool God has used many times in my life!!

stretch said...

This devotional has become a staple for my morning prep! Incredible stuff. Thanks Tonja for telling us about it and thanks Jo for posting!

Mike said...

So true.


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bren j. said...

Hm. How timely. Thanks, Jodie.