Living Hope ....I will be
Today we will continue to meditate on lyrics for deeper understanding of the meaning in the words.
Let us reflect on Natalie Grant’s “I Will Be,”
Your heart, Your plan
Give me Your eyes
Help me understand my feet,
My hands holding out living hope to every man
What You’ve made me
With every single heartbeat
I will be a candle in the darkness
I will be the hand of heaven above
I will be a mirror that reflects your endless love
I will be the hope among the hopeless where there is conflict,
I will be peace
Only by the power of Your spirit
That's living in me
I will be...
Years ago I faced darkness that sucked the life out of me. One of our children was suddenly in a life threatening situation. I had so little hope or light to live I could barely think to get dressed each morning. All the terminal "if's" seemed to draw all light and air from my world.
In that dark place God had His children in place to be a candle to light my way. Many reached out in love. The illness went on for months, but the end of the story was a miraculous total healing. In that dark tunnel my faith was tested.
Some years later a friend was in a similar situation. I remembered how I could barely think, much less pray in that dark journey. I gave her a simple children’s prayer book. She smiled with tears and sighed, “Thank you. My mind is overwhelmed. I cannot hardly read anything. I can lift these little words up to God."
Only in going through that dark tunnel could I know of the mental overload that hits a mother of a critically ill child. That pain was not wasted. Recalling the dark places of our child's illness prompted me to carry the Living Hope of God to my friend.
As Natalie says….”Where there is conflict, I will be peace... only by the power of Your spirit that’s living in me. I will be….”
God speaks to us in Phil 2:15 “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world."
From the pen of Pastor Dudley Hall:"We must not allow the bad news presented by those who have no hope beyond human endeavor to control us. We know better. The schemes of hell are no match for the mystery of redemption accomplished in Christ the Lord.
We have no business retreating from our culture. Our role is to confront it with a better way. No time or need for complaining.
We are here for a relatively short time, and we must get on with preaching and practicing the gospel that changes people."
Dudley Hall, pastor, Bible Scholar at http://www.sclm.org/index.php
Successful Christian Living Ministries, P.O. Box 101, Euless, TX 76039.
I will be....Hope.