Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mercies in Disguise


I had a good morning today as I re-visited my church (long story) and was pleasantly surprised with the sermon. It challenged me to think deeper - a sermon that I want to reflect on later this week. It was on Romans 7:15-25 and titled "Winning the Battle Within Me." Basically, we simply don't have enough willpower to overcome anything. The passage is from where Paul is talking about, "I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can't. I do what I don't want to--what I hate.” (verse 15) It was a good reminder that I'm not perfect and I'm not expected to be. There is literally an internal, spiritual battle going on inside all of us all the time in regards to the verse and circumstances or decisions in life. Yet through God's grace and mercy, He restores us - and Praise God that we need Him!

After church, I had lunch with my best friend/accountability partner and her husband along with a wonderful woman, Tiffany, and her husband and beautiful daughter. Conversation with good friends is always good, and meeting new people who have a heart, a passion, and an unbridled vigor for the Lord is so refreshing! Especially when laughter is involved! Revives my spirit!

I was in the car this afternoon after lunch and headed to Costco. Probably not the best day to go, but I needed some things and was in the area I've recently switched over from listening to Top 40 hits on my short commutes to a local Christian music station. Granted, some of the songs are things I've heard for umpteen million years (and honestly, I'm a bit tired of them). But, there are some new songs out that I haven't heard before that are honestly amazing, and it's interesting to see how my perspective of life changes when I'm encouraged and influenced in a more positive way.

One that particularly struck my heart with the lyrics was this song called "Blessings" by Laura Story. Have you heard it before? Listen, and be blessed. It spoke to me as did "If You Want Me To" by Ginny Owens did when I first became paralyzed almost eleven years ago. Powerful stuff, folks. I wonder what trials that I'm going through in life right now that are mercies in disguise. It's good to be reminded that this home is not our home, and good to be around friends who remind you that Jesus is our Everything! Happy Fourth of July, and God Bless America!

"Blessings" by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near?

What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near?

And what if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can't satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?