Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 20: God Knows Best
By pastor Ronny luces
All of us have our favorite poems, sayings or mottos that bring comfort to our beleaguered souls when times get hard.
I remembered watching a movie about Nelson Mandela and how the poem “Invictus” figured prominently in his life.
When the doctor revealed to me the devastating news about my sickness, the words of a certain poem also rang true in my heart.
It brought me peace of mind and a calm understanding of what I’m going through from the perspective of someone who has fully surrendered herself to God’s power and will.
The title of the poem is “God Knows Best” and it was written by Helen Steiner Rice.
I would like to share the first three stanzas of the poem to you, my dear readers:
Our Father knows what’s best for us
So why should we complain –
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain.
We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear.
Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us
But to help us meet tomorrow.
If you are undergoing some very terrible experiences right now, just commit yourselves to God and His ultimate power.
Certainly, God knows what’s best for you!
I will share the next lines of the poem on my next lessons. Good day everyone.
Posted on FB: 12 March 2015 – 2:15 PM
About the Author
Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of the Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and his wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.
Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.
In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.
Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny wrote his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.” In July 2015, he passed away.
May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.