THE HIDDEN PAIN IN MY HEART ~ written by an unknown jail inmate
I built a wall around my heart; a safe place I could hide.A secret place for just myself, with all my pain inside.
Others came to visit me, and though we laughed and cried,I hid my pain behind the wall; they couldn’t come inside.
One day Jesus came to me, and though I longed for peace,I was imprisoned by my pain and couldn’t find release.
I could not bring myself to let him come inside the wall.And though He helped tremendously, I couldn’t give my all.
As time flew by, my longings increased to higher peaks.I yearned for His fellowship; I hungered for true peace.
Quietly, He waited there, just outside my wall.
Not asking once or rushing me, loving me despite all.At last, one day, I knew I could no longer hide.
I asked Him to destroy the wall, so He could come inside.My heart beat quite alarmingly; my mind was filled with fear.
My wall was gone. Where would I hide my anger and my tears?Amazingly, a peace began to fill my soul anew.
A quiet joy, an unknown strength, it was more than I ever knew.I looked around and saw the wall lay shattered at my feet,
But suddenly I didn’t care; I had a peace so sweet.I knew at once the pain that had been bottled deep within,
Had only been a symptom of bitterness and sin.As I released the sin and pain, Jesus wiped away my tears.
I understood, He was my friend, and He would calm my fears.And just as sure, I knew that now He always would abide.
I knew that when I faced new fears, in Him I could hide.So now instead of crouching in pain behind my wall,
My hiding place is Jesus, the greatest place of all.