God Knows the Best

July 1, 2021

Some time, when all life’s lessons have been learned,

     And sun and stars for evermore have set,

The things which our weak judgments here have spurned,

     The things o’er which we grieved with lashes wet—

Will flash before us out of life’s dark night,

     As stars shine most in deeper tints of blue;

And we shall see how all God’s plans were right.

     And how what seemed reproof was love most true.

And we shall see how, while we frown and sigh,

     God’s plans go on as best for you and me;

How, when we called, He heeded not our cry,

     Because His wisdom to the end could see,

And even as prudent parents disallow

     Too much of sweet to craving babyhood,

So God, perhaps is keeping from us now

     Life’s sweetest things, because it seemeth good.

And if, sometimes, commingled with life’s wine,

     We find the wormwood, and rebel and shrink

Be sure a wiser hand than yours or mine

     Pours out this potion for our lips to drink.

And if some friend we love is lying low

     Where human kisses cannot reach his face,

Oh, do not blame the loving Father so,

     But wear your sorrow with obedient grace.

And you shall shortly know that lengthened breath

     Is not the sweetest gift God sends His friend;

And that sometimes the sable pall of death

     Conceals the fairest boon His love can send.

If we could push ajar the gates of life,

     And stand within, and all God’s workings see,

We could interpret all this doubt and strife;

     And for each mystery could find a key.

But not to-day, Then be content, poor heart,

     God’s plans, like lilies pure and white, unfold;

We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart,

     Time will reveal the calyxes of gold.

And if through patient toil we reach the land

     Where tired feet with sandals loose may rest,

When we shall clearly know and understand,

     I think that we will say