Artwork by Breana Glasson
It’s easy to be happy when life is going your way,
When peaceful joyful moments fill each precious day.
What then when life sends you the waves, and winds, and hail,
When you’re tossed in the tempest of adversity, with a torn and battered sail.
Will you look to your God and praise him the whole day long,
Even when your heart aches and things have all gone wrong?
Can you find a heart of kindness when trouble lies at your door?
Or will you think of you burdens and wish that you had more?
Can you see the Master’s hand within the tapestry of your life?
And behold with reverent awe the meaning of trial and strife?
If God requires a sacrifice, if you must lose the one you love,
Will you still walk with joy and see the good he has done?
Is your love conditioned on the outcome you had planned in your heart?
Can you mold your will to the Masters and make a brand new start?
Will you stay securely on the ship that leads you home?
Or cast yourself into the tempest and try to make it on your own?
Be wise my fellow traveler, for there is only one ship that leads to joy,
Hold tight to the safety of the gospel, which no man can destroy.
Know that God is at the helm as you face the raging storm,
He will help you make through, though your sails are tattered and torn.
At last the storm will end and the earth will be made new,
Our Savior will stand triumphant with those who were faithful and true.
May you sail on toward that day with determination in your soul,
May you let the old ship Zion safely lead you home!
Poem written by Michelene Glasson