Joy in a Trial

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Storm clouds started gathering, rain clouds began to rain,
I was hurting, crying, in the midst of this terrible pain,
My whole world seem to be spinning out of control,
My life was shattering with no way of ever being whole,
I smiled at others, yet, my hurt I tried to hide,
No one seemed to know the pain that was going on inside.
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Then I met a man, he said, “I’ve felt the pain you feel,
I’ve cried those tears, hurt that hurt, and I know it’s real,
I was feeling like you,
May I tell you how I made it through?”
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I nodded and he smiled as he started to say,
“I remember that day as if is was yesterday,
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I had realized that God, not me was in control,
That nothing could be shattered that He couldn’t make whole,
I realized that I had succumbed  to temptation,
and lost the Joy of my salvation,
I found that there was a reason for this trial in my life,
It’s purpose was to drive me to Christ,
So now in the midst of a trial,
It is because of Christ I can smile.”
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And as I watched the man get up and walk away,
I thought about the words he had to say,
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I realized he was right, there was a reason for this trial in my life,
It’s purpose was to drive me to Christ,
So I knelt there on my knees, and came to Him in prayer,
I ran into His arms, and into His loving Care.
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So in a world of sorrow, with sin pressing down,
In a valley of pain, with trials around,
In the travels of this life, when burdens abound,
In the midst of a trial,
It’s because of the joy of Jesus, that I can smile.
Edited by: Mary Ann Martin
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