When I’m Feeling Sad

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Oh Lord…I’m really sad, today.
I watch him, and I see the way
he struggles through the pain,
with every right, Lord, to complain.
And yet, his smile shines through –
that light that comes only from You
and says, “I still believe.”
Give me that faith, Lord! I receive
whatever You might choose.
I’ll find my peace and joy in You,
and lose my stubborn will.
I’ll wait upon You, Lord, until
You’ve wiped away my tears,
softened my sadness, soothed my fears;
reminding me again
we’re firmly held in Your right hand.
And there I’ll be content;
for joy and pain, both Heaven-sent,
have drawn me closer to
that peace, that joy, that strength
I only find in You.
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job 1:21b NKJV
©Lisa DeVinney, July 2014
[Inspired by these words from Jill Kelly, wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly who is battling cancer]
“...to be honest with you I’m just really sad. Sad that Jim has to go through this.
Sad because my girls are sad and they don’t know exactly what to do with their tears…
Honestly, the thing that makes all of this even harder is the fact that I know
beyond a shadow of doubt that God is who He says He is.
I know that we are not waiting on a result or scan or anything or anyone else for that matter — we’re waiting on God…
My hope in the God who holds the universe and my heart and our lives in His hand
is the same God that is big enough for moments like this. 
Moments when I’m confused and sad.
Moments when I feel like He’s not moving and healing even though He absolutely is.
Moments when I’m trying so hard to hang on to faith when all I really need to do is let go — and let God.”

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