IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
When the way is set before you and the path looks clear and straight
When the sunshine streams across the sky to brighten and elate
When all around the sound of bells drifts gently through the air
And in your heart, sweet music stirs a dream that’s light and fair.
When the faces of the people glow and words have feather touch
When you walk like children through the land with one you love so much
When sweetness fans a breeze of fragrance pure and sweet
And kindness scatters blissful peace like petals at your feet.
In the stillness of the moment, as the joy stirs praise within
The freedom of contentment gives you strength the race to win—
Yet fickle is the certainty of promises lightly made
As they slip between your fingers and they melt into the shade.
Then a wave of breathless panic seems to seize you by the throat
As life around you crumbles and fond dreams break loose and float
The glowing sand you thought was firm begins to heave and sway
And swirling waters choke you, as you sink and fade away.
But as your grasp grows feeble and your mind begins to sleep
Another sound and presence comes to separate the deep
A mighty hand sustains you and a mercy lifts you high
Instead of earth, your eyes behold the glory and the sky.
And a voice that’s just a whisper soft speaks to your trembling soul
To tell you that when all seems bleak, His love can make you whole
You cannot understand your plight and questions search your loss
Until the answer echoes back: just look unto the Cross.
And people fail to know your peace and wonder if you’re mad
They look at you and shake their heads and puzzle how you’re glad.
They think the agony and grief unleashed a wicked spell
They do not hear the joyful song or see that all is well.
They do not feel the Master’s touch that cools your fevered brow
Or see His everlasting arms that grant you freedom now
For all the pain that held you fast is turned to sweet release
Instead of grief comes inner calm—and fresh, abiding peace.
The path you thought was clear and straight is hidden from your view
But in its place a confidence that He knows best for you
For as the future calls you on, concealing what it may
You hold the hand of One who turns the night-time into day.
Stand up to claim your heritage and enter in the race
Step forth to gain the prize from One who hung there in your place.
And as your faith is strengthened, you will see the reason why.
He sanctifies your heartache in the twinkling of an eye.
Understanding what Christ has done for us at Calvary and accepting His will for our lives allows God to instantly transform our distress into something holy. He gives us light where darkness once prevailed. In the same way that a mangled piece of metal can be shaped into a lovely work of art, so the sanctification of our heartache creates something “beautiful for Him”. The heartache may remain but we lay it on the altar and receive by faith His perfect peace and assurance that all is well, which gives us the strength to persevere and go forward with renewed confidence.