Blessings?

So many people have written wise words about suffering.  I read them and find I have nothing new to offer on the subject.  Enduring suffering is part and parcel of being alive.  The longer I live, little by little, I understand suffering’s purpose.

I think for the unbeliever it must be to draw the attention toward a God who loves and wants to offer grace and mercy.  To the believer it must be the same, to draw the attention toward a God who loves and offers grace and mercy.  Moments and months of suffering come to everyone.  And God offers Himself to us.

Instead of trying to give you my words, I submit to you a song I heard only about two months ago.  It’s message rings loud in my ear, humming its melody to my soul, speaking truth to my spirit.  It is called simply “Blessings.”  It’s composer, Laura Story, has endured her own stuggles and speaks from her experience.  I appreciate that.  Here it is: 

BLESSINGS

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,

And 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?

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

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.  And 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 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 a 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?

Beautiful thoughts from a wise young women who has know her own suffering.  Hear her story at this site.

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6 thoughts on “Blessings?

  1. Yes, we have had many trials in our life, but never did I ever ask, why me. I wait expecting to see how God is going to use this trial to make me stronger to trust in Him more than ever, and be able to give Him the Glory. I trust in his promises and I trust in an “Awesome “God. If He sees fit to trust me in going through a trial, then I know there’s something he wants me to learn. Sometimes I don’t pass the test, but then there are other times when I do. How much more pleasing it is to know that no matter what I go through, it’s the Father’s good pleasure to do me no harm, but to trust in Him more and more. He’s not for harm, but to make me grow more like Him. I rejoice, not in the trail or pain, but rejoice in knowing God can trust me in what so ever He chooses for my life. I’m putty in His Hands and I’m being molded and shaped into a vessel of honor for Him. MLZ

  2. One song says, Trails only come to make us strong. I’ve found they are proof to me of Gods word to be there thru them all. I have questioned him more times than I want to admit. I’ve learned its not about me and my times of suffering,but its about him and what he already carried to the cross on my and this worlds behalf. Trails are learning adventures of his awesome promises to always be there. I have found him faithful time after time. I’ve ask many times, “Why me Lord?” Then I soon realize, Why not me. He never promised we would’t pass thru the valleys and shadows, but thru him we don’t have to be afraid he’s always there. He’s carried me so many times when I didn’t want to make another step forward. I’ve been able by his grace and mercy to sing, I’m still standing. I’m praying for you to be strengthened dear long time friend. We are still standing. Praise the Lord. Blessings.

    • Yes, Still Standing! I sang that song last week at church with a thankful heart, that by God’s grace and through it all, I’m still standing. Bless you, Elaine.

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