Friday, September 17, 2010

Lessons to learn in the shadow

My aunt wrote this poem out of grief when her dad passed away. If you are going through a hard time, I hope this will help and encourage you.



There are lessons to learn in the shadow

That can never be learned in the light.

His rod and His staff they will comfort

And guide you through the night.

Be not anxious to get through the valley.

With its weariness and care.

There are lessons to learn in the shadow

For God will be with you there.

There are lessons to learn in the shadow,

That can never be learned in the light.

Restoration begins in the valley.

This is where God turns wrong into right.

There are lessons to learn in the shadow,

Though we long for the morning to break.

As you traverse the darkness remember,

“He knoweth the way that I take!”

There are lessons to learn in the shadow.

Do not pray for an easy time.

Ask God instead to be stronger,

And He will teach you to climb.

Yes, there are lessons to learn in the shadow,

That can never be learned in the light.

When the valley’s dark clouds overtake you,

We walk by faith, not by sight.

So study and learn through the dark times.

When you pass the final test,

The lessons you learned in the shadow,

Will gain you a city of rest

-written by Karen Mester

3 comments:

Heather said...

I went to church with your aunt way back when I was a young girl,in the fairfield church. I have this poem of hers,and carried it in my bible for years. Your aunt is a very beautiful lady,and was always so sweet to my twin sis,and me. Thanks for sharing this poem. Sis, Heather Kendrick.

Carol Connell said...

This is a great poem and so true. Though those "dark times" are not pleasant to go through, it's in those seasons that we really grow, and somewhere down the line, God will be able to use us to help someone else when they're in their valley. Thanks for sharing, Jen. :-)

Hanna Kifle said...

I really liked that Jen. So true, and sombering.