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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: What do you believe in?
By Lisa Kurasz


In this ever escalating world of confusion, greed and rage, it is hard to even see straight. Walking the righteous road becomes a cliche' in sordid books and sitcoms. And being a Christian is more often a punchline in a joke than a reality of fruits born to the Lord's glory.

Too often I find myself feeling like the disciples in the boat (Matthew 8:23-25) amongst the waves of life crashing against me. Diseases, death, corruption and the lack of mercy, they seem to have the upper hand, and soon I am overwhelmed with the weight of my sorrow. But in the midst He sends me reminders like the following poem.

"I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there's no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone's there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I'll give you strength,
I'll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.
May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace...."
- Unknown-

Not an outstanding poem, in fact it is almost a childishly sweet one. One that might inspire polite applause and nothing more from a casual listener, except for the fact that it was written by prisoner during World War II, a Jew held at the Cologne concentration camp, who had written it on a cellar wall while in hiding. Some people have all the reason to give up and yet still believe in the Lord. They keep their faith against huge odds, while others have all the reason to hold on and yet still give up on the Lord, turning away from the one source of strength.

I thank the Lord for the reminders to walk straight, and to hold onto His hand, even when I can not see an easy path. It is my plea to trust Him with all my days and ways, to not stand out for my lack of faith, but to be found outstanding in spite of all the reasons to lack faith.

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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Amanda Brogan04/28/11
Lovely. The poem is simple, yet powerful, and I love the background you gave on it.

Why some lose their faith in tiny trials and some hold on to Jesus through life's toughest storms is a paradox that is close to my heart. I too, want to be one with faith that stands strong through anything.

Well done.
Anita van der Elst04/29/11
I needed this very good reminder of God’s presence even when I can’t see the safety net he has spread beneath me. A tiny bit of “red ink”, and it could be it’s not really “red ink” but rather my personal preference, which is that the scripture reference be put in a footnote instead of in parenthesis as that sort of interrupts the flow for me. Other than that, good job and thank you for sharing it with us.
Beth LaBuff 05/04/11
I know of at least two songs that contain those beautiful and inspiring words. Your writing is a wonderful reminder in the midst of all this world's chaos.