When most things happen suddenly

There was a preparation taking place,

Behind the scenes and out of sight

Where no detail went to waste.

When a seed is planted in the heart

And thus comes to fruition,

It’s been watered and is nurtured

And will then complete its mission.

When we flourish suddenly

It’s not by luck or chance,

But due to background preparation

And not by happenstance.

It’s the sacrifice and tears

With the sweat and all the pain,

And those dreary and dull moments

Where not much hope will remain.

But it’s necessary to endure

Knowing there’s a reward in store,

For our faithfulness and perseverance

When we give a little more.

When Solomon built the temple

Preparation was not on site,

Since the stone was finished at the quarry;

T’was such an important plight.

So when suddenly the temple was built

It was indeed a masterpiece,

Where preparation was behind the scenes

Where much labor did not cease.

When Nehemiah rebuilt the wall

In fifty two days it was finished,

And his enemies were disheartened

Knowing by God’s help it was accomplished.

When machinery will finally work

It’s only due to the solemn fact,

That pieces were assembled separately

Before they were intact.

When suddenly there’s calamity

There was a plan prior to same,

Constructed in the heart and mind

And to destroy was its end game.

A divorce doesn’t happen overnight

But contemplated in the heart,

Many years prior to its execution

Before they’re suddenly torn apart.

The sudden pain and confusion

Is disheartening indeed,

But it was cultivated and watered within

And began with just a seed.

When our life and circumstances

Become a monotonous routine,

There’s a work being conducted behind the scenes

But one we cannot see.

When God prepares the soil

And will knit two hearts together,

And suddenly for His glory

We shall honour Him forever!

Suddenly when Christ returns

It will not be a surprise,

To those who have prepared their heart

And look forward to the prize.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains.”  1 Kings 5:15

“And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.”  1 Kings 5:17

“And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.”  1 Kings 6:7

“So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.  And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.”  Nehemiah 6:15-16

“And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men!’”  Luke 2:12-14

“By your patience possess your souls.”  Luke 21:19

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:34-36

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”  Ephesians 6:14-15