A Bend in the Road

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I woke up this morning, listening to a radio sermon by Dr. David Jeremiah. He is doing a series called “When Your World Falls Apart.” He concluded his sermon by reading a poem by Helen Steiner Rice called A Bend in the Road. Here’s a copy of that poem:

The End Of The Road Is But A Bend In The Road
by Helen Steiner Rice
When we feel we have nothing left to give
And we are sure that the “song has ended”–
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
And the darkness of night has descended,

Where can we go to find the strength
To valiantly keep on trying,
Where can we find the hand that will dry
The tears that the heart is crying–

There’s but one place to go and that is to God
And, dropping all pretense and pride,
We can pour out our problem without restraint
And gain strength with Him at our side–

And together we stand at life’s crossroads
And view what we think is the end,
But God has a much bigger vision
And he tells us it’s only a bend–

For the road goes on and is smoother,
And the “pause in the song” is a “rest,”
And the part that’s unsung and unfinished
Is the sweetest and richest and best–

So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load,
Your work is not finished or ended,
You’ve just come to “a bend in the road.”

I know many of you are facing some of life’s most difficult trials–grieving a loved one, health issues, family concerns, job uncertainty, moving, financial–and none of those are easy. I’m not trying to make light of them in any way. Believe me, I’ve traveled down a rocky road too. But I love the beauty of her words. Our circumstances will change us forever. We have to make a heart choice in how we’re going to handle them. We need to let go and let God share our loads.
Your turn: It’s not easy to let go and let God at times. How have your trials reshaped your heart thoughts? How did you get through those dark moments in your life? How have they made you stronger?
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  1. Wendy Paine Miller

    Getting ready to visit my mom on the one year anniversary of my dad's death. As difficult as it is to grieve a loved one, I have learned so much about how short life is and how it's worth it to take God-ordained risks.
    ~ Wendy

  2. Jessica R. Patch

    I would have never gotten through dark times if I didn't have that intimate time with the Lord. Those early mornings gave me strength to face the day–still do. The poem was beautiful! I also love Dr. David Jeremiah. He's insightful and easy to follow.