When things go wrong as they sometimes will…. Choose Joy

Don’t Quit
by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

This poem is in the public domain.

We’ve camped enough to know that your trailer is like your house or car. It needs maintenance and things can will go wrong. When we started talking about going full-time, it was with the understanding it would not be problem free.

We just didn’t expect to see a problem within an hour of heading out:

It’s supposed to look like this:

Needless to say, there was just a little panic, several calls, discussions, sighs and worries (on my part).

And this was just the beginning – but that is for another time.

I found this a week later in a store and thought it was a perfect response reminder.

Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

We didn’t sing for joy over this, but we saw God’s protection and provision. More on that as well in posts to come.

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will…” stay on the journey, Jackie

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4 Responses to When things go wrong as they sometimes will…. Choose Joy

  1. Fran Manning says:

    How did you fix the camper.problem Fran

    On Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 10:05 AM When God Calls Your Name wrote:

    > jberdych posted: ” Don’t Quitby John Greenleaf WhittierWhen things go > wrong as they sometimes will,When the road you’re trudging seems all up > hill,When the funds are low and the debts are highAnd you want to smile, > but you have to sigh,When care is pressing you down a bit,” >

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  2. Marilyn Hayner says:

    Thank you for sharing this. The poem and the Psalm. You are in our prayers for healing and – Joy! That you will be well and enjoy your ministry! Missing you both!!

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