When my daughter had cancer another cancer patient shared a thought from a devotional she had read from Hannah Whithall Smith’s writings. This is what I remembered of it, although I realized it wasn’t exactly as she had quoted:
“When the waters that God has chosen for you to walk beside are raging waves of trouble and sorrow, He will make them still waters for you” (Referring to Psalm 23:1.2)
Five years later when I had cancer a relative sent me a get-well card and included a gospel tract that had the entire quote in it and I’d like to share that with you.
“The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for His sheep, and they must not question nor doubt, but trustingly follow Him. Perhaps He sees that the best pastures for some of us are to be found in the midst of opposition or of earthly trials. If He leads you there, you may be sure they are green for you, and you will be made strong by feeding there. Perhaps He sees that the best waters for you to walk beside will be raging waves of trouble and sorrow. If this be the case, He will make them still waters for you, and you must go lie down beside them, and let them have all their blessed influences upon you.”
By Hannah W. Smith
“Above the tempest wild I hear Him say,
‘Beyond the darkness lies the perfect day.
In every path of thine, I lead the way.'”