I usually feature my guest bloggers on Wednesdays. However, I have recently heard the stories of several women in the midst of difficult situations and I just felt led to share this a little early. Today’s guest blog is a poem from my dear friend, Sandra Peterson. It is a great reminder that we don’t have to carry our cross of burden or fear on our own. Enjoy!
by Sandra Peterson
When I look into the mirror,
I see a dark shadow lurking behind me
My whole body is filled with fear,
For I quickly turn around only to find that this mystery shadow has disappeared.
Tears suddenly start to run down my face,
For I am reminded of a time,
Where darkness became my only hiding place.
I stare into the mirror deeper than before,
Burdens of my past mistakes fill my mind more and more
Pain and sorrow become my new face,
For this mirror only seems to bring me disgrace
Before I sink back into this miserable place,
One word comes to mind before it’s too late.
I take another look into the mirror,
This time my eyes see much clearer
I tell myself that my true beauty is found in Jesus,
That my sins have been forgiven when Jesus died on the cross
That His love for me is never ending despite all my heartache and loss
I remember that I have invited Jesus to live in my heart,
To surrender my battles and make Jesus my fresh start
I remind myself that I don’t want the pain of my past to tear me apart.
I take one last look into the mirror,
The dark shadow has returned,
This time I have no fear,
For I know that Jesus is very near
His truth and love fills my heart and mind,
I do not give in to the pain that causes me to become blind
I tell myself that I can overcome the trials of this life,
With Jesus by my side, there is no need to hide
For He will be my guide when I look into the mirror next time.