Monday, October 11, 2010

Before the Morning

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see.
  (Hebrews 11:1, The Message)




I've always loved that verse, but the translation in "The Message" makes me look at it in a new perspective.

I've been struggling the past couple of weeks.  I've posted before about the issues with my youngest daughter. ( here) Physically, there are things that should be happening, but aren't.  Emotionally, she can go from zero to nasty in 1.6 seconds.  But what tears at my heart the most is that she seems to have turned away from her faith.  She says she still believes in God, but I don't see her living that way. 

Our church's former pastor was preaching on Sunday.  Part of his message really hit me.

He talked about Jesus going to Mary and Martha after Lazarus had died.  Martha told Him, "If you'd been here, my brother wouldn't have died.  But I know God will give You what You ask."  Jesus tells her that Lazarus will be raised.  She tells Him that she knows her brother will be resurrected at the last day.

 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
 
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

A few verses later, Jesus says, "Roll away the stone."  What is Martha's reaction?  "He's been dead for 4 days.  He's going to smell!"

How many times have I had the same kind of reaction? 

It's easy to say I believe.  And I do.  But then doubt tries to make its way in.  And sometimes, I just get tired of pressing on.

Jesus wasn't worried about what Lazarus smelled like! And if He isn't worried, do I need to worry?  God hasn't given up on my daughter.

I'm posting the words to one of my favorite songs, "Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson.  This is one of those songs that encourages me at those times when things look hopeless, and I can't see a solution.  It reminds me that God sees the bigger picture and is working in ways that I can't see or imagine.




Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you?
If there's a God who loves you
Where is He now?
Or maybe there are things you can't see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending
Someday, somehow you'll see, you'll see

Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning


My friend, you know how this all ends
And you know where you're going
You just don't know how you'll get there
So say a prayer
And hold on
'Cause there's good for those who love God
But life is not a snapshot
It might take a little time, but you'll see the bigger picture



Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning
Yeah, yeah

Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory
Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory, memory, memory, yeah



Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
Come on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the hurt before the healing
Oh, the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning

Songwriters: Ben Glover, Josh Wilson  © 9t One Songs;Ariose Music;Meaux Hits

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