The comfort in the words of a song
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My sweet pastor often tells of how he does his best thinking in the car. I have never really confessed to him that my most ardent grieving happens in my van as I really listen to the words of songs on Christian radio. Sometimes the songs remind me so much of someone or some situation that I have to pull over and simply cry. I am not so self-centered to believe that God gave those folks the lyrics for me, but often, it does feel that way. Such is what happened one day when I heard the words to Aaron Schust’s My Hope is In You.
I love God and I am humbled to know His ways are so much higher than my own. This time, he knocked it out of the park for this little girl. The first time I heard this song was shortly after receiving some not so pleasant news from the Mayo Clinic. Even though many believe that Sawyer is completely healed, the Mayo doctors know differently (and so does our checkbook). We ran into some complications, and it hit me so hard.
“God, why this? Why now? They told us four years, and now, they are telling me possibly many more. Hasn’t he been through enough?” If you aren’t sure that God is big enough to take my questions, read Psalms 88. He didn’t answer right away, but a few more miles down the road, on came My Hope is in You. “Okay, God, I get it. Yes, I will wait for you! I won’t be shaken by drought or storm. And thank you for sending me the peace that passes understanding.”
My second thoughts reminded me when I heard the story of the origin of the song, It is well with my soul. Horatio Spafford’s faith is one that amazes me, and to think he wrote a song that has timelessly comforted grieving people is a blessing straight from God.
As preparations for the last Reed’s Run begin, we have really wanted to have a theme that won’t be easily forgotten. A theme that leaves people with the memories of what the event was all about for the four years. As a family, we chose, “To rise from tragedy, cling to hope.” Then another one of those van cruising days (of which I have plenty) happened, and again, God gave me this song. Cue the big light bulb above my head, “How about not only theme words, but a theme song? And THIS song is it!”
It defines Team Stevens. If quit isn’t in our vocabulary, HOPE definitely is! And one of the goals of Reed’s Run has always been to “Reach Others for Christ”. Sometimes what a hurting world needs is the knowledge that there is a colossal hand that is reaching out to grab yours before you fall.
Later that evening after the epiphany moment, I went home and searched for the music video. What I saw brought my eyes to tears and my knees to reverence of God’s love. We are not alone. Others have walked our path through the valley of the shadow of death. And others too want people to know that only God knows the ending of the story if we just reach out and hold on.
So even though I am certain that Aaron Schust, the artist, or his videography team know absolutely nothing about Team Stevens, I am equally certain that God does!
If you would like to see for yourself, you can find the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugD0i5Y3cw8 It is now the official song of the 2012 Reed’s Run. Personally, I cannot think of a better send-off reminder.