(2 Corinthians 11: 24-27)
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.
27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
To follow Christ is not always easy;
In fact it can be downright demanding.
Think of all of what Paul did endure;
Because he heeded the Masters’ calling.
Paul faced hardships of many kinds,
Yet he trusted Christ to see him through.
I’m sure he did not enjoy being beat,
But he endured everything he had to.
I can not help but think of myself,
Of what I might do in trials like those.
My walk has been mostly blessings;
To face such test I can only suppose.
By what power could I stand strong?
Only by the strength of Christ do I hope.
It is knowing of His great love for me,
That I can fully trust He will help me cope.
I do not know Paul’s trials as my own;
But I have looked in the eye of my own share.
And when to pain became too great;
I called out and His strength was right there.
Carl A. Gooch ~ 11 May 2012