The Pearl and the Sand

by Pokey Possum   January 2013

In every life some rain must fall.
It’d be too dry if the sun was all
that fell upon this weary land.
Would we seek the shelter of His hand?

God’s rainbow shines amidst our storm,
He lifts us up by His right arm.
Though troubles come from our own sin,
God made a way for us through Him.

Life was perfect in the garden.
Because of sin our life is hardened.
By His mercy, there’s a plan:
the Savior came for fallen man.

If left to our depravity
what would heal this cavity
we try to fill with things we crave?
Our wretched souls He came to save!

Can beauty come from trials and pain?
Do flowers bloom after the rain?
We seek Him most when life’s its worst,
His living water quenches thirst.

So thankful be come flower or thorn,
God’s mercy shines upon your storm.
Humble be beneath His hand,
He made the pearl and He made the sand.
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5 Responses to The Pearl and the Sand

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    That’s very good, Pokey. I want to encourage all members or lurkers here to try their hand at some original poetry. I especially like this part:

    In every life some rain must fall.
    It’d be too dry if the sun was all
    that fell upon this weary land.
    Would we seek the shelter of His hand?

    And this:

    Can beauty come from trials and pain?
    Do flowers bloom after the rain?

    I don’t wish to steal your thunder, but one of the reasons our culture is so relatively shallow, dull, and narcissistic is because we don’t know what to do with pain. We try so very hard to run away from it, to sedate it.

    As Dennis Prager reminds us, prisoners behind bars tend to have higher-than-average self-esteem. We should thus remember that there is a richer life to be had beyond mere, mindless, and never-ceasing distraction and amusement. Good poem.

  2. Pokey Possum says:

    “but one of the reasons our culture is so relatively shallow, dull, and narcissistic is because we don’t know what to do with pain.”

    Thanks Brad.
    I think you may have just identified the first marketing strategy for Bahtlahn’s Stubborn Things Playbook: to put a Braveheart face to pain. Now there was a manly man!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of the best apologetics I’ve ever come up with for the problem of pain and evil is that, well, just look what kinds of ignoble marshmallows we become when we are no more than pleasure-seekers. Look what happens to people when government takes care of them. They lose their humanity.

      Man must work. And, to some extent, he must struggle or else he is nothing. Certainly we’d like to avoid wars, plagues, and all kinds of other nasty things. But what Obama and the Left have clearly shown me is how awful Utopia would be. It is a world in which no one ever suffers. And that same world means that no one ever learns or achieves. It is a world of no meaning.

      And this is the world we are heading toward. This site has no other guiding purpose other than to stand athwart nihilism and hedonism yelling “Yuck,” to paraphrase Bill Buckley Jr.

      One must not forget that “compassion” means “to suffer with.” And those who have not suffered cannot have true compassion. But there are many people (particularly politicians) in our society (often rich ones who are insulated from the very laws that they pass) who claim compassion as their calling card. But they are not. They know it not. The are hollowed-out human beings.

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