Written by James A. Frost
He makes the difference, my heart no longer has to guess.
Each trial only an opportunity for me to know more of His tenderness.
Behind each cloud comes the revelation of His Grace.
Each time I see my pain mirrored in His face.
With Him I reach the heights beyond known scale.
I hold these nail-scarred hands that will never fail.
Many have been the rapturous moments He has given to me.
His care I have known in utter intensity.
I have known the heart songs that only He gives,
The joy that makes a man want to serve Him every moment he lives.
My heart knows that ever a victor I will be.
I walk in His fragrance, across the horizon to Eternity.
The verses above reminds me of what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
It is difficult sometimes to understand why things seem so easy for some and are so difficult for others. It is comforting to read Mr. Frost’s poem today and think on the words of the Apostle Paul. I am reminded today that the Apostle Paul, who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, spent the remainder of his days in prison, eventually dying for his faith and that he confesses to having some thorn in the flesh. I think of those who have been martyred for their faith in Christ. Many today still die for their Christian beliefs. Why then it is so easy to get on some “pity party” and say “oh woe is me?” When you think about it, it makes no sense. Yet, as always, when I study God’s Word, it serves like a rudder to steer me back on the right path He has chosen for me.
Oh, I may not be the pastor of a mega-church, or even get to serve in any small church, but He has given me this little web-ministry, and He has blessed me in so many ways, much more than I deserve. So, like Paul I can honestly say “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” And like my Father-in-law wrote in the verses above “My heart knows that ever a victor I will be. I walk in His fragrance, across the horizon to Eternity.” I can gladly sing the old hymn “Whereever He Leads, I’ll go.”
Are you content in Christ today?