Many of us yearn for the life donned as “flowery beds of ease” by Isaac Watts, called the Father of English Hymns. Dr. Watts repudiated the very thought in the same verse and throughout “Am I a Soldier of the Cross:
“Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease?
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?”
Watts was not acquainted with good health, in addition his father was a Dissenter from the established church and was often in prison for his stand for truth. Yet, Isaac wrote what is considered the greatest hymn in the English language, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
All of which brings me this statement by Anonymous:
“God often uses the deepest pain as the launching of our greatest calling.” Anonymous.
My late friend and model, for me, great Christian and pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Tennessee, Dr. Lee Roberson, suffered the agonizing pain of losing his beloved little daughter Joy at an early age. Out of the midnight of his pain, the idea of founding a camp for primarily poor children, came what was known as Camp Joy! Poor children in Chattanooga were rounded up and given free weeks of camp. Many were won to Christ and later became students in Tennessee Temple University, also founded by Dr. Roberson.
When you evaluate your greatest pain, it is well to ask the Lord; “How do you want me to use this terrible pain for Your glory?” The answer may surprise you and benefit the world.
How true the words of John Greenleaf Whittier:
“And many a raptured minstrel, among the Sons of Light when asked, whence cometh thy song: will say, I learned it in the night!” (check out Psalm 119:55-83).
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