Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Thought To Share......

Sometimes I find myself feeling sorry for my situation. Angry that life hasnt treated me more fairly. What did I do to deserve this? Worried and anxious......I end up trying to place blame and then I find myself in an uglier place than when I started. Today at church a lesson was taught that incorporated this poem below. I was very moved by it. Although her lesson was not about the things I am mentioning here, this poem reminded me that no matter what life throws at me, I can only grow from its experiences. That without the turbulence, I wouldnt know or understand peace. Without the disappointments, I wouldnt appreciate the successes. Doesnt it always seem like when things are going well, something comes along to upset everything? You could blame Murphys Law.....I know I do a lot. However, read this poem and think about it with the perspective that perhaps we are given tough times in order to keep us humble and appreciative. To help us see what is important in this life and to continue learning and growing instead of "getting comfortable" and not progressing. Just a thought that I wanted to share with you today because it touched me.......


Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love
.

Sir Francis Drake - 1577

2 comments:

turleyfam said...

I loved that poem. Very inspiring. Makes you think, I like that.

pete/chris whipple said...

Hi Vanessa, I know what you mean, but times will get better, they always do when you serve your family, call a friend, treat yourself...hang on! I am getting over a terrible bug I caught in Mexico.. I think I am going to live today.