“Faith Found a Garden” by Sheila Gosney

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 in Faith | 69 comments

When I first read Sheila Gosney’s poem, I cried so hard I shook.  Having just met this beautiful person online, I wrote back in response:  “How did you know my life story?”  In her words–my first Guest Post–I pray you will find Love unlike any other.  No matter our pain, we have a God who holds us in the palm of His hand.  Oh, how He loves you and me….

Faith Found a Garden

I’ve learned a few things in the course of hardship that are priceless, steadfast and true.

I’ve learned no matter how hard this life gets the Lord won’t forget about you.

I’ve learned that at hard times your spirit gets tired and your faith can get low and depleted.

But the faithfulness of God never gets exhausted and comes in to supply what is needed.

I’ve learned you can live through enormous crisis that doesn’t seem to have reason or rhyme.

But somehow and some way God turns them to riches through His wisdom and passage of time.

I’ve learned that the deficits & shortages of life were not meant to cause heartache or shame.

For they made me look up to God’s well of provision and trust in the strength of His name.

I’ve learned it’s the hard times that teach us the most about God and His character of old.

For it’s during those seasons I clung to His Word and every promise that He’s ever told.

I’ve been refined in my heart and my mind because He tendered me through difficult years.

And faith found a garden in the soil of my heart that was watered by all of my tears.

From Acquainted with Autism, copyright © Sheila Gosney.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission of Warner Press, Inc.

My new, dear friend Sheila lives in Missouri, where she serves the Lord in the midst of a very busy life she sometimes calls “organized chaos.”  As a follower of Jesus Christ, Sheila has discovered His sovereign grace and love to be more than enough to carry her through the unexpected turns of her everyday life.

Since childhood Sheila has struggled with autoimmune disease.  She agrees with the description the Apostle Paul gives of “a thorn in my flesh” that humbled him and sees great spiritual value in submitting to God’s will though a thorn remain in her life (2 Corinthians 12:7).  Sheila is also a full-time caregiver to her 17-year-old son Taylor, who struggles with the more severe form of autism.  She has learned to rely on God to mother a child who is so very different from anything she would have dreamed for one of her children.  Having a son who is so afflicted and disturbed with autism has refined Sheila’s faith, making her not hang onto this world so tightly but to yearn for the next life, where God is worshipped for eternity and all disease is healed in an instant of time.

Sheila’s desire is for Christians to cease seeing brokenness as some sort of enemy or hurdle to be removed from this life, so normal life can proceed.  This is because Sheila has encountered the glorious face of God while weeping tears of brokenness for the chaos of her life… but when the tears dried, a fresh glimpse of how God works were in clear view.

God does still heal.  God does still remove trials.  God does answer prayers.  But God moves mightily, blessing His children in brokenness, when His answer is not really a final “No”… but is rather, “Will you let Me show you My glory if the answer for your situation isn’t what you’ve asked for?”

Sheila is the author of Acquainted with Autism, and you may read about her book online at www.SheilaGosney.com.  Her poem, testimony and faith have certainly blessed me… I pray they lead you to seek the glorious face of Jesus Christ as well.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).


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