“through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14.22)
“One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water, and they obey him?'” (Luke 8.22-25)
Beyond The Clouds
Though dark clouds gather overhead,
And thunder rumbles underneath,
Her heart knows neither fear nor dread —
Anchored steadfast by her belief.
Unwavering in confidence,
That God knows what’s best for her soul,
She relies on His providence —
Trusting His will is in control.
She surrenders her self and fate,
Beneath the mighty Hand that storms;
All that’s not God He will negate,
Within her soul as He transforms.
Through tribulations, love will form;
His kingdom is not hers by right:
She must surrender in the storm —
Her self negated through the night.
Beyond the clouds, her heart perceives,
The Sun blazing as she believes.
May the Lord infuse our hearts with unwavering confidence and faith in His merciful love to sustain us as we are transformed by trial.
(c) Paul Buis, 2003