I love, love this poem. I first read it in Kay Arthur’s book “As Silver Refined”, but the author is unknown. It is written as if God is speaking to you, reassuring to you His sovereignty, His love, and His strength.
It seems that no matter what obstacle I’m struggling with, these words are just what I need to hear! And let me tell you, I’m definitely struggling to swallow these truths! Please read with a sensitive spirit and open heart.
Child of My love, fear not the unknown morrow.
Dread not the new demand life makes of thee;
Thine ignorance doth hold no cause for sorrow,
For what thou knowest not is known to Me.
Thou canst not see today the hidden meaning
Of My command, but thou the light shall gain.
Walk on in faith, upon My promise leaning,
And as thou goest, all shall be made plain.
One step thou seest: Then go forward boldly;
One step is far enough for faith to see.
Take that, and thy next duty shall be told thee,
For step by step thy God is leading thee.
Stand not in fear, thine adversaries counting;
Dare every peril, save to disobey.
Thou shalt march on, each obstacle surmounting,
For I, the Strong, shall open up the way.
Therefore go gladly to the task assigned thee,
Having My promise; needing nothing more
Than just to know where’er the future find thee,
In all thy journeying–I GO BEFORE.
Since the poem itself is unknown, there isn’t, of course, a melody for it, so I wrote one a year or so ago. I decided to record it, since I know I enjoy singing more than reading in rhythm, and it’s easier to memorize a song than a poem (and this is something I want to memorize!). Hope you enjoy.