31 Days of Song: “Jesus is Lord of the Way I Feel”

I want to tell you today about 2007, when my friends moved back to Scotland.  They’d lived here about 5 years and were a couple who really impacted my life – spiritually, practically, and emotionally.  Kate’s someone you can talk to and you know she’ll tell you the truth – not just what you want to hear.  We walked on the hills, had barbecues at their house (even in the rain), learnt songs to Neil’s guitar, prayed when Kate was pregnant and saw their baby brought safely into the world.  Sometimes I wish they were still down here – can you tell?

 

I found out they were leaving on the Monday, and didn’t know what our church would do without them.  Later in the week, another friend had me round for a meal.  She played a CD in the background, and I liked it so much that she lent it to me.  This is one of the 3 songs that really spoke into what I was going through.  One thing I love about Don Francisco is how he uses a nice, cheery song to get a serious message across like:  “If you’re broken-hearted, the Lord is here to break the power that holds you there.”  What he’s really saying is:  Stop thinking you’ve got the right to be broken-hearted.  Ouch!  But if you’re anything like me, if something’s in a song, it sits much easier than if somebody says it directly to you.  That’s why songwriters are so very special.  And always when someone reads those verses from Habakkuk about rejoicing in the LORD, I think of this song.

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For When you Struggle to Relate

You know some blog-posts have such an impact on you and nearly bring you to tears?  Well, this one did.  It’s about a lady’s trip to Haiti, the connections she made and the contrasts between her life and theirs.  She mentioned the boy who couldn’t read, whose sponsor sent a picture of them as a couple, smiling and hugging in Central Park.  He stands in the doorway of a darkened, windowless shack, holding a picture of a happy couple in Central Park?

It made me think of my Jennylyn in the Philippines, and how I’m just the same.  How can I relate to her?  “Pray for my parents,” she writes, “that they’ll be healthy and happy.”  I think of my parents and sister on the bank-holiday weekend – how we enjoyed lunch together and the warmth of the garden.  We’ve had our struggles, but we’ve come out the other side.  I wish I could tell Jennylyn her life will be like that too – that 20 years from now, she’ll be sitting in the sunshine with her parents and brother, grateful for one another’s company, but how do I know her life will change for the better?  My parents’ marriage was never under the strain of poverty.  One never left the family-home just to find work to put food on the table.  What comfort can I give her?  What promise can I make to her that won’t disappoint?

Any promise that doesn’t disappoint has to be one based on truth.  In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  I’ve found it comforting in the past to know that even though I don’t understand how, if I love God, He’ll bring good out of whatever situation I’m in.  The LORD delights in the wellbeing of His servant (Psalm 35:27).  Even though Jennylyn’s circumstances might not be ideal, God delights in her wellbeing.

Are you a sponsor?  If you are, tell your child some of the struggles your family’s endured if you want to; it’s lovely to share your lives together, but accept they might still be a million miles away from the problems your child’s facing, and sometimes the only sure answers you’ll be able to give are the ones from God’s Word.