Category Archives: testing of your faith

Didja’ Ever Get Hit By a Mack Truck?

I was crying at my computer,
again.
Praying, reading the Word, writing
and longing for
answers
comfort
hope
help
strength.
It came from the heart of my15 year old son, Jon.
He heard my weeping and came in with a hug
and words of encouragement.
He promised
me the Lord would work all these things out.
He can promise me,
because the Lord promised first in His Word.
Sometimes, I forget.
He had just been to a Christian concert and remembered a song.
He pulled this up on YouTube and played it for me.
“The Hurt and The Healer”
Why?
The question that is never far away
The healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains
So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering
I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide
Breathe
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through
So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering
I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide
It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”
I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide
Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide
Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
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It was a beautiful, encouraging song,
but I had to hear the story behind the song.
Some of my favorite quotes from Bart Millard’s testimony~
“God is still bigger than this.”
“I feel like I have more life in me right now than I ever have
because I’m thinking about the things that matter.
“The sad part is a lot of us have to go through devastating moments
to get to the point, this absolute collision with the healer,
to realize who we’re supposed to be.”
“We have all these questions,
but the truth is,
if they were explained to us,
the hurt would be the same.”
This last thought was simple but profound.
Not too long ago I blogged about asking WHY.

But, even if I had the answers,
I’d still have the pain.
Are ya’ feelin’ like you got hit by a Mack truck?
Thanks to the encouragement from my son,
I understand my hurt has collided with the Healer.
If I really got hit by a Mack truck and survived,
I’d never be the same again.
I want that to be true with this suffering.
The pain proves the
 healing has begun.
I just can’t let the pain
be in vain.

4 Days to Innocent Man’s Trial

As we draw nearer and nearer to the trial of the Innocent Man,
we all have mixed emotions.
dread
sorrow
fear
doubt
(Click on link to read the Scripture)
For years I’ve sung the song
It was an encouraging song,
but now
I get it.
When facing an insurmountable trial, you must face it
moment by moment,
step by step.
Looking at a whole day,
a whole week,
a whole month,
or a year is overwhelming.
Since Feb. 14th, we’ve been living
moment by moment.
All of us are taking our thoughts and making them captive to Christ
so we don’t despair and fear.
We remind ourselves over and over
the Lord is in control.
I’ve started a spiritual countdown to give me courage
as we trudge the final steps of this time of testing.
Please join me.
Where do we go when we’re in soul distress?
The Psalms.
Psalm 4

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah

3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

4 Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the LORD.

6 There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
I also use YoutTube videos to encourage myself in the Lord.
How do you encourage yourself when you’re feeling the heat of the
Refiner’s Fire?
Is there someone you call?
A favorite verse you read?
Songs you love?
I’d love to hear how you bring your heart to the Lord
when circumstances could easily cause you to stray.