In case you didn’t know, it’s world poetry day. Somewhere between sadness and grief, Jesus met me, and gave me the comfort of His presence. He spoke gently through the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace from chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel. This story has comforted me in a variety of storms, and it doesn’t disappoint. When Jesus says, “I will not save you from all suffering, but I will be with you even in the fire,” we glorify Him as we are obedient.
These men said, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Even in the storm may we say, “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods.”
Below is a short poem in honor of Kai Glass. His short life has been God’s grace to me to hold to the Truth even in darkness. I will always miss Kai, but my prayer is that even through suffering, I will be found obedient. One day there will be an end to these sufferings.
there is and no
where hope recedes
and light flees
my soul refused to die
his heart has stopped
but mine defied
the darkness came
hope is found
in grief’s sound
Wonderful post and one of my most favorite portions of scripture! But even if He does not . . . And love the poem, too.
Lydia thank you so much for your encouragement. You are a balcony person!