Joy of the Future

When I was a young child I remember my Mother saving newspapers. The section that she saved had poetry. She especially enjoyed the poems by Edgar Guest. When she found time, she would cut the poem out and put it in a special scrapbook. One day when I was shopping at my favorite second-hand store I ran across a treasure. It was a book of poems by Edgar A. Guest published in 1926. I was so delighted. If my Mother was living she would so be pleased with such a book. I want to share one of these delightful poems on this "Soul Food" site. Trust that you too will be inspired.


Trouble is a laughter as soon as it's done,
Danger is joy when the battle is won,
So don't stay too long at your wailing
The rough road is dreary to travel but you
Will look back and smile when your journey is through
You may doubt this today, but you'll find it is true,
So don't fret too much when you're failing.
The care which now burdens you down will grow light
Your doubts and your fears will soon slip out of sight,
And you'll laugh at them all when you've put them to flight,
So don't be too gloomy about them:
For the pride of to-morrow is fashioned to-day,
Men boast of the burdens they've borne on the way,
And the fears which this morning fill you with dismay
You will laugh at the moment you rout them.

Now we know that it is impossible to grow without trials and troubles. The Scripture informs us of such in 1 Peter 1:7, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" Then in 2 Peter 3:18, "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Growing is sometimes very painful and gloomy, but in order to be all that Christ would want us to be, we MUST grow. So when you are overwhelmed with burdens and fears and doubts, remember it is "growing time." Joy comes in the morning.


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