"Bitter Buds and Sweet Flowers"

You may be wondering about the tagline: “bitter buds and sweet flowers.” The concept comes from one of my favorite songs, called “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” The words were written by William Cowper in 1774. While the verbiage is old, the truth is powerful and has brought me to tears many times:

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm.

 

Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never failing skill

He treasures up His bright designs

And works His sovereign will.

 

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy and shall break

In blessings on your head.

 

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust Him for His grace;

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.

 

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.

 

Blind unbelief is sure to err

And scan His work in vain;

God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.

The past four years have been rough, but my God is big. I have no idea what the next few years hold, but He does.

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Original intro: "Welcome to my new blog. This may be the third blog I have started in recent years, but I’m hoping that it will grow with me better than the others. When infertility struck, the title “Davy’s Delights” just did not fit my struggle. Now that we are pursuing adoption, “The Sea of TTC” also doesn’t fit. Using my name feels a little bit narcissistic, but at least it should stay the same."