This week I received a Facebook message that left me completely speechless. It contained two lines of text from a college professor I had not spoken to since graduation. Yes, posting one picture up on social media prompted him to share a piece of encouragement. The message was simple, yet profound. It was one of those messages that make you realize how God truly uses anyone to change lives.
Yes, our words matter.
His words mattered.
As I gazed down at my phone I read:
“Bethany, your book is changing lives. Do you remember the poem you autographed for me?”
I wrote a poem in college?
I autographed a poem in college?
Of course my curiosity begged for answers.
I messaged him back, politely asking for a picture of the poem I had signed for him years ago. I will never forget his response:
“Bethany, your poem was part of a term paper focused on the Biblical interpretation of rest… The day I examined your paper, I allowed myself to dance in the rain for the first time in my life. I’ve never looked back. Thank you.”
He actually sent me the copy of my paper completed in April of 2002 (almost 14 years ago). Be blessed in knowing I dared not to share that paper on here. But the poem I will share.
I want to encourage you to let your words speak in ways that might feel uncomfortable to you. Include a poem in a term paper. Write a love note to your spouse. Write song lyrics fort a friend or hand write a card to that person you constantly find yourself emailing. Let your words speak. Let His message shine through you.
Your book is just beginning. Start living it one page at a time!
As I marvel at Your wondrous tears,
My feet lay soaked in Your puddles,
Precious water, poured from heaven, oh so very near,
This rain comforts me in my deserted troubles.
Just like a child, I leap and kiss the cloudy sky above,
My feet land in a shallow puddle, peace fills the air,
In this day only, my shadow does not cover me like a dove,
For the sun is not needed, this rain shows God’s true care.
Though my heart will cherish the sunsets I have seen,
It will always be in the rain that I clearly see God’s face,
Tears of happiness and grace, flow directly down to me,
Oh how I love these cloudy days, that I may sing in Your heavenly grace!
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