Since my teenage years, I have always enjoyed poetry, prose, and the written language. This obviously comes as no surprise, seeing as though I own and operate a blog, but I have always kept my writings fairly secret and tucked away into several notebooks.
But in searching for an idea to post about today, I decided I’d share a short piece I found in one of my aforementioned notebooks. I wrote the following untitled piece in March of 2015. A time before I seriously began to follow God/Christ, but also a time where the seeds of grace had been planted in my heart.
and within myself
I seek peace
from an external temporary world
I have weathered many storms
and I must weather many more
When the moon rises high
and when the sun kisses the sky
I will call out in praise
For all my battles
give me strength
I find it interesting that I wrote this piece three months before I ultimately decided to follow the Lord and give myself over to Christ. As I look back at it now, almost a year later, I can see how God was already preparing me to fully realize the gift of grace that He had prepared for me.
Also in this pre-awakening writing of mine, I draw a parallel to James 1:2-4.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Even before my walk with Christ, I realized the importance of enduring all the difficult trials in life we all face and how they can actually produce strength. After coming to Christ and seeing this very philosophy in the pages of the Bible, it only strengthens my resolve and belief in the concept.
Some of us have more difficult and trying trials than others in this life, but none of us are free from the burden. It is only through steadfast faith in God that we can endure all the trials of this life.