Behind every glory is a story;
From which is birthed a testimony;
Everyone present this day has a past;
Tales of pain, misery and everything dark;
But thank God for pages we can turn;
So we can close a chapter and start a new one.
There was a time where pain was a constant companion;
But little did I realize that within the pain was a plan;
A well-crafted one intended to test and humble me;
To prepare me for the morrow unknown;
My wilderness was only a preparation ground;
The scars which I once was ashamed of, I now wear proudly.
Everyone finds himself in a wilderness at a point in time;
The experience and duration may differ but serves the purpose all the same;
The drought and thorns toughen us for what lies ahead;
And also teach us to appreciate the little blessings we usually take for granted;
Looking back, the wilderness is one of the best places I’ve ever been;
Because it taught me how to handle where I’m standing right at this moment.
I thank God for the test because at the end I got a testimony;
I’m grateful for the mess I found myself in because I finally got the message;
That even when I stray away, God in His infinite mercies will make out a way
To lead me back to the path He had set out for me;
Out of love He sent me into the fire;
And when I came out, I was as pure as refined gold.