Poetry of Kansas
 

Destiny

O Destiny that guides us here and
         there!
But this we know, we're in God's
          care
And God doth guide our bark where
          we should go,
Will guide aright our footsteps; He
          doth know
And He the helmsman of our bark
          so frail
 
Will guide aright, His love can never
          fail.
 
Tho' storms and floods o'ertake us,
          tears and grief,
Until we fear we'll soon be ship-
          wrecked on some reef,
Nor doth the silver lining of the
          cloud appear
Thus to dispel our doubts or dry the
          tear,
Until we see God's hand is guiding on
And learn to say with faith, "Thy
          will be done."
 
Frail man may think he's at the helm
To guide his own bark through this
          earthly realm.
'Tis true we shape our destiny to
          some extent
But all things must be done with His
          consent.
And after all our hopes may not avail
His way is best; His love can never
          fail.
 
So place we still our trust in God
    and be content
Though storms of doubt o'ertake us.
          Jesus went
Through deeper gloom. He our
          Heavenly Lord
Still points us onward to our grand
          reward.
And when at last we reach our heav-
          enly home
We'll see why then, we'll "Know as
          as we are known."

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Pages 16-17
 

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