Since Friday, the reoccurring theme in the testimonies people have given, songs people have sung, messages the preachers have preached, and conversations I have had the privilege to be a part of has been the goodness of God. And what a wonderful theme to have! Because truly, God is so good and so merciful; He’s so faithful and true; He’s so trustworthy and gracious; loving, forgiving, understanding; He’s just, and righteous, and perfect; He’s holy, omnipotent, omnipresent, and ever-with-us. What a wonderful Savior we have!
My friend Jessica sent me an e-mail last week in response to one of my medical update blog posts, and it encouraged me so much. I wanted to share a portion of her e-mail with you.
I realized that when I became a Christian I was to be made conformable to His sufferings. We have a horrible misconception as Christians that once we get saved, if something bad happens, then it must be God punishing us for something we did wrong. Never does it say that things will be sunshine and roses if we follow God; in fact, it is almost the opposite! But we are promised the presence of God as we go through life… and what is greater than God, Himself? I had to realize my reasonable service as a Christian was not to look nice at church and get married and have a house with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids, and never have a care… no, it was to present my BODY a living sacrifice.
I know all the right things to say to people and how to hold myself together, but sometimes I cry. But Jesus knows what it means to ask why. Even He prayed in the garden begging for the cup to pass from Him. And I know every time I cry God keeps my tears in a bottle and I don’t want Him to use those tears as a memorial to what I have “lost.” When I’m done crying, I ask Him to let them be a reminder of how I laid my body on the altar and let it be His to sacrifice so He knows I love Him. Then I ask if one day, I can take all of those tears, and wash His feet with them like Mary washed Jesus’ feet with her tears.
So, please know that it’s ok to cry. It’s ok to not understand. But in those quiet moments that no one knows about, shed some tears. They are sometimes the highest form of worship.
Isn’t that beautiful? Her e-mail reminded me of a song by Selah – “Unredeemed” – a song written out of heartbreak over the loss of a child (I believe). I encourage you to listen to it if you’ve never heard it before. It has become one of my favorite songs ever since it was introduced to me sometime last year.
Life breaks and falls apart,
But we know these are
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing.
It may be unfulfilled;
It may be unrestored;
But when anything that’s shattered is laid before the Lord,
Just watch and see –
It will not be unredeemed.
Remember Ruth? And Job? Do you remember Hannah’s agonizing prayer in the temple for the Lord to give her a child? Baby Moses… remember him? Mephibosheth? Lazarus? Mary Magdalene? Hosea’s wife, Gomer? And what about you and me? Weren’t we all helpless and hopeless before the Savior found us? Through His shed blood, He redeemed us unto Himself – His forever, free, justified, forgiven, alive, purchased.
“My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.” ~ Psalm 71:23
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so…” ~ Psalm 107:2
“And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.” ~ Psalm 136:24
“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1b
“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” ~ Isaiah 44:22
“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” ~ Isaiah 51:11
“And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” ~ Isaiah 62:12
“O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.” ~ Lamentations 3:58
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” ~ Galatians 3:13
How could you possibly be depressed after reading such verses? We are so undeserving, we’re so wretched and wicked – yet we’re so immensely blessed and loved by our God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace! We’re so rich – not with tangible things like gold and silver, but with intangible things that can only come from the Lord Jesus Christ!
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
~ Numbers 6:24-26
Posted on October 26, 2010, in Music, Personal and tagged Broken Heart, Even in the Valley God is Good, Faith, God's Will, Health, Illness, Selah, Unredeemed, Videos, YouTube. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.