by Krista Besselman
Author’s Note: I wrote this poem while trying to trust the Lord as I processed both the Ukraine crisis and an unexpected health challenge. I chose to focus less on me and how I feel, and more on God and Who He is, drawing comfort from familiar passages like Psalm 139 and Psalm 46.
You know everything I’m thinking,
All my words from first to last,
And the answers to the questions
I was too afraid to ask.
There are forces set in motion
I could never understand.
They’re so big they overwhelm me
But You hold them in Your hand.
Please remind us in the moment
That our greatest fear arrives
You are greater than the evil
That would tear apart our lives.
We can see both good and evil.
We rejoice and yet we grieve,
Taking comfort in Your presence
And Your promise not to leave.
Though Your love exceeds our knowledge,
Show its height and depth and length.
When our world feels like it’s shaken,
Be our refuge and our strength.
Krista found a heart for missions accounting in Papua New Guinea and still uses what she learned in her seven years there to support Bible translation from Texas. She writes poetry to process the ups, downs, and outright crises of life. Her favorite poems call herself–and others–to remember God’s faithfulness in every situation.