God Has A Plan

Posted at 16:23pm on 18th January 2024

Born with a painful intestine disease

My childhood was anything but a breeze.

'Ignore her crying,' my mother was told,

'She's seeking attention, naughty and bold.'


Reprimands and smacked bottoms followed,

Banished to my room, I hollered and hollered.

But God had a plan, he helped me break free

Through escape to the loft, much to my glee.


For there, on the floor, lay boxes of books,

Banished, like me, or so it looks,

Mere dust collectors, in my mother's mind

But oh, to me, what a glorious find.


Reading and reading, I soon learned to write

Short stories and plays, with a family invite

To come, be the audience, for thrupence a seat

And watch my cousins act it out, oh what a treat.


Thus, years later, when a published writer,

My persona, reborn, became so much brighter.

With letters from readers, all over the world,

Praising my books, my sense of worth was unfurled.


Setting forth my experience of trials and sorrow

I looked not to the past, but on to tomorrow

For God has a purpose for us, one and all

He imparts us with gifts, what e'er might befall.


He leads us through our pain and sorrow

Sets a path before us, and bids us follow.

And thus we shine forth his love and peace,

So the pain of others may be released.

PS:  My mother was not a bad person.  She wept when my condition was diagnosed.


Your Comments:

David Grieve
19th January 2024
at 5:40pm
This is a good, so helpful poem, and your testimony to God’s grace in how he brought so much good out of your suffering shines out. Thank you, Mel. I’m not writing poetry at the moment as my mental health over the winter has, as so often been poor, along with the stresses of moving house and downsizing after Jane’s retirement. But I know that I shall be well and creative again and your poem has greatly encouraged me.

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