For a long time, I lived in the dumps of life.
I was surrounded with turmoil, heartache and strife.
My life was the very pits.
Trouble blew my hope and faith to bits.
My life reeked of the awful smell
Of hate and disgust that made my life a living hell.
There seemed to be nothing of any good
Because things never turned out the way I thought they should.
I felt like a maggot feasting on trash
Because the filth of trouble caused a horrible rash
That made my appearance dirty and unclean;
And, the pain only caused me to be cruel and mean.
It seemed that no one wanted to be in my company
Because my life smelled of gross misery.
Everything that I touched turned to mush;
And, everything that I tried to build, failure would crush.
Everything went wrong every single day
Until God shined a light of hope my way.
I found healing in the midst of my hurt and pain.
I could finally see my sunshine after the rain.
All of my mistakes became lessons well-learned.
My doubt had become faith well earned.
My faults became tools and instruments that God used
To teach me forgiveness and compassion when I was abused.
My weaknesses helped me become strong.
My failures taught me humility so that I could admit when I was wrong.
My disappointments taught me to trust only in God.
I was taught fear and trembling by Godís chastening rod.
The struggle taught me how to fight back.
My mistakes gave me enough wisdom to recognize Satanís attack.
I wouldnít give anything for all that Iíve gone through in life;
For, my pain came with a divine purpose to help me follow Christ.
God had a plan for the betrayal, the neglect, the hurt, and disappointment too.
God had a reason for everything He allowed me to go through.
Although things have become better because of all that Iíve learned,
God knew that I needed specified pain to appreciate the faith Iíve earned.
There is nothing materialistic that could ever measure
To what God has given me as a divinely purposed treasure.
All of my suffering gave me exactly what I needed to be
Everything that God has created in me.
Nothing is greater than what Iíve found, not even cash;
For, God helped me see through the ruffle to find the treasure in my trash.
There is a treasure in the midst of your trash can of life;
But, you must learn how to use the failure, disappointment, misery and strife
In a way that the good and bad doesnít clash;
But, instead, come together to build a treasure in the midst of your trash.