deep sunset

Day 191 If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you … because you trust God

How amazing that the same scene fascinates me with slight variations in the sunset. Deep orange and a blue with the mellow clouds.

The beautiful sunsets give me a sense of calm. Calmness in a storm. Calmness under stress. That doesn’t mean I don’t get stressed but I think I have learnt to deal with it in a calm manner.

I’d like to share one of my favourite poems tonight, it also always fills me with hope.

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)

There are many that doubt us when we follow the Lord, and He tells us that this will happen. But we must stand firm in the faith, strong in the faith. Put up our shield of faith and trust in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

 Dear Lord, I fail on many occasions to follow you. I fail on many days to remember my commitment to you. But you never fail to direct our paths and to love us as your children. Thank you Lord.

Amen

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