Poem by: Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile but you have to sigh…

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest, if you must–but don’t you quit!


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns

And many a failure turns about.

When he might have won had he stuck it out.


Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow–

You might succeed with another blow…

Success is failure turned inside-out–

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt.


And you can never tell how close you are,

It maybe near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–

It’s when things get worse that you musn’t quit!


Adrian Pantonial’s Comment:

I don’t remember exactly what happened to me when I copied this poem unto my journal few years back. ‘Must be something significant that made me nearly throw in the towel.

I believe that God can speak through people, circumstances, and yes even through poems and quotes–because He is a God who guides us toward the best paths of life. He wants us to listen to His loving words of  love, comfort, hope and peace daily. We just have to be still and open our ears to what God says daily or by reading His Word.

Sometimes we can get too busy with things to do and places to go to that we neglect to hear from God. I believe that God speaks to us every day but the question is: do we listen?

Sometimes, it takes God to open our eyes to the realm of the eternal and what is essential-because what is seen is but temporal-even by letting us go through tough times.

When I don’t like what’s happening in  or around me, I’d pray: “Lord, help me to see this situation, this person from your perspective in accordance to Your plans for my life…” because I know that my perspective is limited to my past and my present circumstances but I don’t know what lies ahead.

Having the right perspective in a situation helps us respond to it properly. While some things require extra ounce of faith to see yourself through it.

-first posted in my Multiply last May 19, 2006-


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