I Needed the Quiet
"Blessed be ... the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God."1
Some time ago when I was going through a time of loss and sorrow, a friend wrote to me saying, "You sent the following poem to me a long time ago when I was in the hospital. I've treasured and kept it in my Bible ever since. I thought you might appreciate it now."
If you are going through a time of sickness or sorrow, I'd like to pass it on to you, too.
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside
Into the shadows where we could confide,
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently my cross he upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never heard of when active and bright,
He loved me so greatly he drew me away.
I needed the quiet, no prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead —
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.
– Alice H. Mortenson
And so, my friend, if you are going through a time of loss or sickness, I trust this message will also speak to your heart.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to always learn what you are seeking to teach me in every trial I face, so that I will not only have my life enriched, but also to be used by you to comfort and enrich the lives of others who are facing trials. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Corinthians 2:3-4 (NIV).