Art thou in misery, brother? Then I pray
Be comforted. Thy grief shall pass away.
Art thou elated? Ah, be not too gay;
temper thy joy: this, too, shall pass away.
Art thou in danger? Still let reason sway,
and cling to hope: this, too, shall pass away.
Tempted art thou? I all thine anguish lay
one truth to heart: this, too, shall pass away.
Do rays of loftier glory round thee play?
Kinglike art thou? This, too, shall pass away!
Whate’er thou art, where’er thy footsteps stray,
Heed these wise words: This, too, shall pass away.
Unfortunately, I can not take credit for the above poem. It was written by Paul Hamilton Hayne over one hundred years ago. But the phrase, “This, too, shall pass away” has had an inspirational impact on many peoples lives over the years. The phrase isn’t just a song by OK Go, these magic words have helped many people through various hardships. Whatever story you may have heard, whether it’s an unknown eastern monarch, King Solomon, or Abraham Lincoln, these five words have beaten the test of time and continue to bring hope to those who are surrounded on all sides by trials and sorrow.
I think often times we forget what kind of truth these words hold. Any sort of earthly discomforts are miniscule in the grand scheme of God’s great plan for our lives. Too often we get wrapped up in the troubles we face day-by-day but we do not focus on God for help. We do not realize that our hardships are temporary, and God will stand beside us through it all. “You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away.” (Job 11:16) The problems we face today will pass away.
It is only through God’s assistance that we can endure such hardships. God is the ultimate, perfect source of joy in our lives. We may find joy in all sorts of earthly pleasures but only through trusting God that we can fully experience pure happiness and peace. We can fully experience joy through God, and we can only stand through trials with God by our side. So remember, “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we an understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Now THAT’S a fantastic Bible verse to memorize!
So remember, this, too, shall pass away only by relying and praying to God for peace, guidance, joy, and thanking Him for all of the incredible work He does each and every day in your life! Horatio Spafford realized this as he wrote the famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” After the death of his only son due to Scarlet Fever, the collapse of his business due to the Great Chicago Fire, and then the deaths of all four of his daughters in a shipwreck, Spafford did not give into grief. Can you imagine that? Spafford was living the life of a modern day Job, but he continued to look towards heaven and declare that, “It Is Well With My Soul!” Horatio understood fully the five words, “this, too, shall pass away” and instead fixed his eyes on the triumph and salvation of Jesus’ death on the cross. That is the kind of faith I want in my life.
Sources: “Light from Many Lamps,” Lillian Eichler Watson
Wikipedia of course!