Sometimes my world is black and white;
Sometimes it’s bursting with color.
Sometimes I like to be alone;
Sometimes I long for another.
My life is full of contrasts;
My mind is so muddled up.
But I can have ‘biding peace
Because of Emmanuel.
This life is so full of contrasts–
Joy and sorrow,
Hurt and healing,
Vict’ry and defeat,
Filthy and spotless,
Smooth sailing and rough waters,
Smoth’ring night and blinding light,
Lows and highs,
Life and death
–But we need that.
Without pain, we wouldn’t know relief.
Without death, we wouldn’t love life.
So give me of both worlds
–Good and bad–
And let me grow closer to the One
Who granted to me
This contrasting life.
I wrote these two poems in August and September of last year. I guess I was really thinking about “contrast” then, huh? 🙂 Seriously though, I mean those words. I can have abiding, everlasting peace–even when everything’s confusing and changing and contrasting–because of God, who is with me. The “bad” things in life (should) make me appreciate the “good” things, and both should bring me closer to the One who gave me life in the first place. And that’s my desire: that I would find peace and rest in Him, that I would accept the good and the bad, and that I would grow closer to the Life-Giver.
What are some contrasts in your life? What are some ways “bad” things have helped you, taught you, changed you, etc.? I’d like to hear some of your stories! 🙂