While browsing the other day I came across an old poem written by Fannie Windsor and published in the Manifesto, a Shaker magazine in 1889.
My good man is a clever man,
Which no one will gainsay;
He lies awake to plot and plan
‘Gainst lions in the way.
While I, without a thought of ill,
Sleep sound enough for three;
For I never trouble trouble till
Trouble troubles me.
The line on trouble has a long history, traced way back to one of Nero’s mentors; Seneca wrote concerning troubles:
Quid iuvat dolori sui occurrere? What help is it to run out to meet your troubles?
A man acquainted with serious troubles in life including the loss of all material things, including his offspring, wrote an oft quoted verse concerning the ever-present reality of trouble in life, whether we are “just” or “vile” specimens of humanity:
Job 5:7 “Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.” (NKJV).
Job shares the thought that helped him to hold trouble in the correct perspective in the very next verse:
Job 5:8 "But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause,”
He continues with several verses of praise for the goodness of God.
Jesus Christ stated:
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Keep in mind God is working on you, His poem, so the troubles of life have purpose.
“It is not in the still calm of life or the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
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