Streams in The Desert

Job 13:15; 2 Timothy 1:12

 

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea

Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;

I will believe the Hand that never fails,

From seeming evil works to good for me.

And though I weep because those sails are tattered,

Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:

“I trust in Thee.”

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return

Unanswered from the still, white realm above;

I will believe it is an all-wise love

That has refused these things for which I yearn;

And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,

Yet the pure passion of my fixed believing

Undimmed will burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,

And troubles swarm like bees about a hive.

I will believe the heights for which I strive

Are only reached by anguish and by pain;

And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,

Yet I will see through my severest losses

The greater gain.

I will not doubt. Well anchored is this faith,

Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;

So strong its courage that it will not fail

To face the mighty unknown sea of death.

Oh, may I cry, though body leaves the spirit,

“I do not doubt,” so listening worlds may hear it,

With my last breath.

An old seaman once said, “In fierce storms we must do one thing, for there is only one way to survive: We must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.” And this, dear Christian, is what you must do.

… Reason cannot help you, past experiences will shed no light and even prayer will bring no consolation. Only one course remains …

You must anchor yourself steadfastly upon the Lord. And then, come what may—whether wind, waves, rough seas, thunder, lightning, jagged rocks or roaring breakers—you must lash yourself to the helm, firmly holding your confidence in God’s faithfulness.

[Richard Fuller]

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