God Knows Best

Our Father knows what’s best for us,

So why should we complain ...

We always want the sunshine,

But He knows there must be rain

We love the sound of laughter

And the merriment of cheer;

But our hearts would lose their tenderness

If we never shed a tear.

Our Father tests us often

With suffering and with sorrow;

He tests us, not to punish us.

But to help us meet “tomorrow.”

For growing trees are strengthened

When they withstand the storm;

And the sharp cut of the chisel

Gives the marble grace and form

God never hurts us needlessly,

And He never wastes our pain;

For every loss He sends to us

Is followed by rich gain.

And when we count the blessing

That God has so freely sent;

We will find no cause for murmuring

And no time to lament.

For our Father loves His children,

And to Him all things are plain;

So He never sends us “Pleasure’1

When the “soul’s deep need is pain.”

So whenever we are troubled,

And when everything goes wrong,

It is just God working in us

To make “our spirits strong.”