Lessons of Gold

'Twas not the softer stages of life
that taught me the Lessons of Gold.
But rather, it was hard times & trials by faith
where God's Word was all I could hold.
For there in the hours of dark desperation
I saw God as I finally should;
As the one to move on my behalf
and do what only He could.
It was there in the silence when sorrow begged
the tears that ran down my face,
That God taught me true comfort and tendered my heart
as He loved me there in that place.
It was in those chapters where all of me was spent,
but my lack of strength set me free.
For there in my frailty, I looked up to find
that God's grace was sufficient for me.
It was through the baffling, hard problems of life
when others had no answers to find,
That I discovered the true source of wisdom
-was my God who is perfect and kind.
It was learning to submit and wait on God
that actually put me ahead.
For I've been blessed by things that I couldn't change
when God used them to change me instead.

© Sheila Gosney

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  Romans 8:28-30 NKJV





SONG PLAYING .... STAIR WAY TO HEAVEN,
BY lED ZEPPLIN
LYRICS BELOW


There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
and it makes me wonder
really makes me wonder

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

***

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, Ooh, it makes me wonder

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady, can't you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

***

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, yeah
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying the stairway to heaven














“IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW”

Our prayers have all been answered;
I’ve finally arrived;
The healing that had been delayed;
Has now been realized.
No one’s in a hurry;
There’s no schedule to keep;
We’re all enjoying Jesus;
Just sitting at His feet.

If you could see me now;
I’m walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now;
I’m standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now;
You’d know I’d seen His face.
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased.
You wouldn’t want me to
ever leave this place.
If you could only see me now.

My light and temporary trials;
Have worked out for my good.
To know it brought Him glory;
When I misunderstood.
Though we’ve had our sorrows;
They can never compare;
What Jesus has in store for us;
No language can share.



If you could see me now;
I’m walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now;
I’m standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now;
You’d know I’d seen His face.
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased.

If you could see me now;
I’m walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now;
I’m standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now;
You’d know I’d seen His face.
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased.
You wouldn’t want me to ever leave
this perfect place.
If you could only see me now.
If you could see me now.
If you could only see me now.