Written by Debra Ayis, Nigeria
I was alone;
I was frightened and afraid.
I sought comfort and a listening ear;
None was available, none would be bothered.
My life was fraught with demons,
Seeking to steal my soul and faith.
I sought a friend,
But none could be found.
I turned to you.
You taught me to quiet my soul;
Your peace, you gave me.
You stilled my fears and taught me to hope again.
My difficulties you did not ignore,
The cause of my fears you did not banish.
Instead you asked me to trust in you,
To blindly take your hand and let you lead.
You told me to cast my futile plans into the sea,
To forget my strength and prowess.
You told me to trust in you—
Like a sheep in its shepherd,
Like a child in his parents.
You told me to hold on and not be weary;
All must bear their cross.
Through the valley and through the fire,
You taught me to trust.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” —Psalm 28:7 ESV