Sweet is the Road

“The road is too rough,” I said;

“It is uphill all the way;

No flowers, but thorns instead;

And the skies overhead are gray.”

But One took my hand at the entrance dim,

And sweet is the road that I walk with Him.

“The cross is too great,” I cried —

“More than the back can bear,

So rough and heavy and wide,

And nobody near to care.”

And One stooped softly and touched my hand:

“I know. I care. And I understand.”

Then why do we fret and cry;

Cross-bearers all we go:

But the road ends by and by

In the dearest place we know,

And every step in the journey we

May take in the Lord’s own company.

~ from Streams in the Desert, by L. B. Cowman, May 8th entry

Photo Credit: Aleksandra Boguslawska

Good for Me

“Faith does not say, ‘I see this is good for me; therefore God must have sent it.’ Instead, faith declares, ‘God sent it; therefore it must be good for me.'”

~ from Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman, May 1st entry

God has been teaching me more and more about faith.

Left to my own devices, I get caught up in wrong thinking. I wonder, “Is this what God wants me to do?” I worry, “Do I have the ability to carry out what God has called me to accomplish?” And I whine, “Why doesn’t the Lord make this assignment more easy for me?”

But God has promised that He is faithful to complete what He has started in me. If my Father has laid out a task before me, I must believe that He will provide the strength, grace, and courage needed to carry it out.

What is left for me to do is to rely on Him, and to trust that because He has sent it, it is the best possible situation that I could be in.

What situation do you need to trust God with today? ❤