First it was a missed bill here and there,
And a little less clothes to wear.
Then, I lost the service of my phone,
And some of the furniture in my home.
Then, came a shortage in my food supply,
And necessities, I couldn't afford to buy.
I had no gas for my car,
And had spent all I'd saved in a jar.
Then, I had no funds to give the kids when they went to school,
And holes had begun to wear in their shoes.
I eventually lost water and lights for a period of time
And every time I'd get a nickel, I'd have to spend a dime.
Eventually, I lost possession of my car,
And I knew the funds I had wouldn't carry me very far.
Then, came what I feared with dread;
No home; my kids and I had no place to lay our heads.
What am I to do in such a distressing time
When I've lost all that I've claimed to be mine?
How did I end up with nothing to call my own;
No clothes, no car, no place I can call home?
I've served God faithfully from the depths of my soul
Believing He would provide for me more and more as I grow old.
Why has God forsaken me and left my side
When He promised He'd always abide;
Have a place wherever I go, wherever I may be
And that to all of my locked doors, He was the key?
Then, a small voice spoke within my spirit and mind
Without warning, without a sign
Asking, "Why are you filled with so many complaints
When you claim to be one of the Saints
Of God full of trust, belief and faith
That God will always make a way
When the way seems darkest
And getting to the other side of through seems hardest?
Count it all joy, whatever you go through
Because even until the end of the earth, I am with you.
There is no need to fear or complain
Because life has showered you with a little rain.
Without rain, flowers cannot grow,
And without troubles, you would not know
That I am that I am; the beginning and the end;
The Savior from all your sins.
These trials, I bring to make you strong,
And to remind you there's a price to pay when you do wrong."
That's when I realized that although I was doing my very best
That there comes a time to test
My faith and my commitment to the way
Of righteousness, and in that, there will be a price to pay;
Sometimes, great and sometimes small,
But I must remember that God is with me through it all.
He was working a perfect work through me
While molding me into what I needed to be.
God was with me all of the time
Even when I had to leave all I had behind
To reach a higher calling in my Christian walk
And to become strong as the rock
Of my salvation and the rock of ages.
Yes, He was with me through all those stages;
All of my rises, and all of my falls,
And He was listening each time I called.
I no longer regret the burdens I've had to bear
Because there was a purpose and God remained right there
With me in every step that I would take
And in every move that I would make.
Yes, God is with me wherever I go, whatever I do;
And always remember that He's always with you.