Saturday, October 19, 2013

But Strangely Unafraid

                      'I was unquiet, Lord, beneath Your hands,
                      and chafed because You chose to bend my will
                      to Yours.  I built upon uncertain sands,
                      but You are wise; and in the gloomy chill
                      of pain You razed my dream-house to the ground.
                      I was rebellious, Lord, but impotent
                      when You permitted agony to sound
                      my soul, and stripped my heart of earth's content.

                      Now like a wounded bird I lie within
                      Your hands, wings clipped, but strangely unafraid,
                      secure in Your embrace.  Great God, You win
                      my soul with all its yearnings unbetrayed,
                      and like a dove-gray dawn, peace comes to me,
                      since I have learned to suffer tranquilly.'

 (from Fervorinos From Galilee's Hills, compiled by a Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1936, p. 95)

Painting:  'The Stroller,' 1893 

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  1. Nancy,

    The title of this post is so relevant to me today though the words refer to a different situation. I guess we have to remain at peace whatever happens...enduring bushfires or suffering interiorly or physically. God is ultimately in control, not us, not the weather, not a fire.

    Thank you for all the messages you are leaving here and there for me to find, and the prayers you are offering.

    God bless!

    1. Thanks, Sue. Yes, God is ultimately in control. As you know, I am keeping you and all in the paths of firet in prayer. God bless YOU!

  2. Oh goodness..."chafed because You chose to bend my will to Yours" .. I think He's been working overtime with me on this. Thank you for sharing your gift of words and art. Blessings +

    1. Caroline, He has been working in me with this also. I was glad to find these words, and needed them right after! Thanks so much.