I recently ran across this article from Ron Hutchcraft. With all this talk about our disappointment in life, I needed to be reminded that my God is singing over me, even in the most disappointing times of my life…. if I listen closely, I can always hear the music of my merciful Father! There’s a bigger story, and it has a melody that only God can write! I love Him so much! Thanks, Ron for the reminder….
“I don’t mind visiting people in the hospital. I just don’t stay in hospitals myself. Visitor – yes. Patient – no. My medical value system sort of works like this: minor surgery is any operation on you, and major surgery is any operation on me. I’ve actually learned that there’s something worse than being a hospital patient myself. It’s having one of our grandchildren in the hospital, especially when the treatment means pain. I can take it when I’m the one hurting. It’s just hard to take it when it’s one of them.
A few weeks ago, our ten-month-old grandson had to go to the emergency room in another town, and it wasn’t a happy time for the little guy. They had to try multiple times to get a needle into a vein for a blood test. It was excruciating! He was increasingly traumatized by one injection after another and by that big old oxygen mask they kept holding over his nose. As soon as I got there, I decided there was just one thing I could do that might help… So I leaned down so my cheek was touching his cheek and I began to gently sing our special little song in his ear. With medical folks continuing their necessary but pretty scary work, he stopped his panic crying and he settled down a lot. I must have stayed there for thirty or forty minutes. I think that song must have nearly driven a couple of nurses cuckoo. But my grandson – well, a little song made a big difference.
After that night, I got to thinking how many times God has come into my traumatic moments and, in essence, He’s sung His song quietly in my heart; a song that has calmed me so many times – from the loss of a baby to nearly losing my wife. From the body blow of very bad news to the stresses of financial crisis or responsibility overload. You may be in one of those troubled, even traumatizing times right now. Listen for your Father’s singing.
The song says this, ‘A lot has changed, My child, but the most important thing hasn’t changed. I’m still here watching over you. I’ve helped you through times like these before, and you’re OK because I’m here.’
Zephaniah 3:17 paints this reassuring picture of your Heavenly Father’s love for you. ‘The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.’ He will quiet you with His love expressed in His singing over you. You can’t imagine how much you mean to Him. The more you’re hurting, the more fearful you are, the closer He gets. He is, in the words of the 46th Psalm, ‘our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble’ (Psalm 46:1). Those verses go on to say, ‘Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way … the Lord Almighty is with us … Be still and know that I am God.’
In the words of Corrie ten Boom, ‘Don’t wrestle, just nestle.’ In your trauma times, you can let your fears take over, or you can let your Father take over. Isaiah assures us that ‘You [God] will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You” (Isaiah 26:3). Your one fixed point in a world where everything else is moving is your never-leaving, always-loving Heavenly Father.
You’re OK because He’s there with you, close to you, singing to your soul the song that He has sung every time you’ve needed Him.” (Transcript #5212, Ron Hutchcraft)
That’s good stuff! Chris Rice put it so well in his song……
“Well I remember reading You’re the God who never sleeps
And while I’ve been dreaming You’ve been singing over me,
Singin’ about my freedom, wakin’ me up to hear Your song,
And now I can’ t dance hard enough Cause yesterday is gone, gone, gone…
Every little breath, every heartbeat
Is a gift of love that You give to me
You keep givin’ even when I’m asleep
Cause I know You never stop watching over me
I wake up, my past is gone
Cause Your mercy’s new with the mornin’ sun
I’m forgiven, I’m free, it’s a brand new day
Cause Your faithfulness is the greatest (hey!)”
No matter what …. the song is being sung and I don’t want to miss it because I’m too focused on my fears and not my Father!