Chapter 4 - Everything Happens for a Reason -- Living and Learning From the Healing Waters of Courage
There is a Purpose for Everything We Experience.
Life is full of events that I feel shape who we are meant to become. From the time we are children and become adults, we are meant to go through so many different life experiences. The challenges in life we face I feel can either make us or break us depending on how we choose to respond. I have never been a firm believer in coincidences. In fact, I feel that all the mistakes we make and all the decisions we choose influence who we are to become.
The following poem, “Everything Happens for a Reason”, discusses the journey of a soul at sea facing many challenges to overcome as he battles raging storms and harsh winds. Through his journey over the uncertain waters of life, he comes to realize that everything does really happen for a reason.
Everything Happens for a Reason
I was sailing on an ocean in the
Vast waters we call life,
Thinking I might have a story to tell about
The ups and downs of living and my perpetual whys.
Time and time again I felt I was meant
To sail an unconventional path at sea.
There were so many times I felt lost to
Misguided choices and confusing mysteries.
During some of my sails at sea life
Was as great as I had ever dreamed.
On the surface things were going well
And my journey was just as I felt I wanted it to be.
I could sail to the top of the highest wave
And feel I had conquered all my fears.
When life was good, I knew things flowed smoothly
So I could avoid drowning under unwanted tears.
Thinking I was meant to sail a peaceful journey at sea
Without any trouble to come my way,
Before I realized what was happening it was as if
An uncertain darkness took my sunshine away.
The winds of change blew so hard and the sky grew
So dark and dreary I did not know what to do,
Yet somewhere I heard a still small voice above me say,
“Trust me to inspire you to make it through”.
The sails on my boat were beaten so hard as if
I no longer had control over my desired direction.
My once confident demeanor changed into
A frightened soul longing for protection.
The waves were crashing so hard against my sailboat
That I barely felt I could survive.
Somehow I knew this must be happening
To help me not give up and always try.
Frustrated beyond measure and thinking God
Had somehow interfered with my chosen fate,
I could hear Him whisper, “I am trying to make your
Soul stronger so sometimes you have to wait”.
Not really sure if I wanted to hear the words
That I was meant to suffer before I would be set free,
The winds of uncertainty and waves of fear kept crashing
Around my boat of refuge so profusely.
After many long days and nights with harsh weather
From the ocean trying to break me down,
I wished I’d learned from my mistakes instead of living
To the tune of my own preferred sound.
Thinking there was a reason I was meant to go through
This time of change and worrisome cries.
Somewhere deep within my heart I needed to heal
Past wounds from my heart for good this time.
Through the struggles I encountered along
What I thought would be smooth sailing.
God helped me realize I had succeeded in being stronger
Now though it felt my spirit was failing.
After all the unpredictable winds and waves of change
Made me feel I could hardly cope,
When I thanked God for saving me,
I knew I was a new person now with a heart full of hope.
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