Monday, September 1, 2008
Trust the Rock
My journey is not easy, as each step is filled with uncertainties; but no matter how steep the path and how bumpy the road is, giving up is no longer in my vocabulary. I have fallen and been knocked down several times, but that which does not kill me, will make me stronger.
I believe that as long as I continue to lead a life worthy in the sight of the Lord, demonstrate honesty in my dealings with others, and most of all, have complete trust in Him, I will not go wrong.
When I am alone and there's nobody to turn to, I find solace in His promise, "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will never fail you nor forsake you." (Deut. 31:8)
The song "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" was one of the first gospel songs I learned when I was just starting to sing in church programs and Sabbath services back home. I loved doing a duet of that song, a capella, with my friend, Joehyda. The lyrics sends out a beautiful message of hope and trust in the Lord:
"I don't know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine,
For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.
Refrain: Many things about tomorrow,
I don't seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand.
Ev'ry step is getting brighter,
As the golden stairs I climb;
Ev'ry burden's getting lighter;
Ev'ry cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eyes,
At the ending of the rainbow,
Where the mountains touch the sky.
I don't know about tomorrow,
It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
Is the One One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion,
May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me,
And I'm covered with His blood."
- words and music by Ira Stanphill