Pssstt!!! Can I tell you a secret?
Secrets can be fun, especially when it is a surprise for the ones you love. Secrets can be painful too, especially when you are protecting someone you really love. Yet there comes a time that what is held in secret will be revealed.
I met God in the morning,
when my day was at its best.
And His Presence came like glory,
a sunrise in my breast.
All day long His Presence lingered,
all day long He stayed with me…
And we sailed in perfect calmness,
O’er a very troubled sea.
Other ships were blown and battered;
Other ships were sore distressed.
But the winds that seemed to drive them,
Brought to us such peace and rest.
Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind.
When I too had loosed the moorings,
with the Savior left behind.
So I think I know the secret,
learned from many a troubled way…
You must seek God in the morning,
if you want Him in the day
Ralph Spaulding Cushman
My great great grandmother’s name was Hope. She was born exactly 100 years before me. I hope that one day I can name my future daughter or grand-daughter Hope. Amy Carmichael uses the word “hope” at least five times in this poem.
Hope through me, God of Hope,
Or never can I know
Deep wells and living streams of hope,
And pools of overflow.
Flood me with hope today
For souls perverse, undone,
For sinful souls that turn away,
Blind sunflowers, from their Sun.
O blessèd Hope of God,
Flow through me patiently,
Until I hope for everyone
As Thou hast hoped for me.
This poem by Annie Johnson Flint propelled me to read about her life. Although she lived over three decades with a debilitating disease she never ceased to use her poetic talent to glorify God. She is truly an inspiration to all.
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy;
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limit; His grace has no measure.
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!
Annie Johnson Flint
“Some day you will find the one who will watch every sunrise with you until the sunset of your life.”
While browsing through some interesting quotes online, I encountered this picture of a couple strolling along the beach at sunset. The quote was placed above the picture. Perception is an amazing quality which we possess in life. At first glance the picture promotes one ideal. However upon closer examination, the picture depicts a completely different sentiment.
At first, the quote gives the impression that the couple strolling along the beach love each other that they would be there for each other in all circumstancnes. It also gives the impression to single people that they must be patient in order to find the right one.
Is there such an ideal as the right one? After all no one is perfect. Long lasting relationships require patience, understanding and communication. So upon closer examination of the quotation, there is a realization that the one must be perfect. The one shares every sunrise with you until the sunset of your life. Humans can not guarantee that in life. Life always changes. But the one according to that quotation is guaranteed with you for the rest of your life.
It stands to reason that The One is in control. He is above the couple in the picture. Without Him they could not be united in holding hands. Without Him they could not be walking together on the beach or in life. He is there for every sunrise. At the start of anewday all thanks and praise must be given to Him for giving the gift of life. He is The One who is there for the sunset of your life for He never leaves you. So that someday is today. I have found The One and I am never letting go. What about you?