In May of 2011, Laura Story released her album 'Blessings.' In 2012, the title song from the album spent multiple weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Christian Song chart and received multiple awards . In her Christianity Today interview, she stated “Blessings is just a bunch of songs about worshiping when life is hard." This may be a song about her and her husband's story, but it feels as though it was written specifically for me. It could very well have been written for all of us at one time or another in our lives.
We tend to breeze comfortably through life giving little attention to God, seeking Him only in times of trouble. Sometimes God must let difficulty rain on our sunshiny lives in order to turn our attentions to Him because He wants what is best for us. And there is nothing more important - more imperative, than our relationship with Him. The entire song touches me every time I hear it. I've considered singing her song one Sunday, but one line gets to me every time. "What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy." - At first we can rarely see the mercies in the trials we endure. I guess we're too preoccupied with our own suffering. Although this is a perfectly natural and understandable response, when we fix our eyes on Jesus the burden becomes so much easier to bear.
When we allow God to draw us near- when we have acknowledged His mercies in the midst of our suffering, our faith is made stronger. When we are faced with another 'rainy season' in our life we are less likely to drown in our sorrows. Instead, we can stand strong under the umbrella of God's mercies and wait for the flowers to bloom. The greatest blessing the world has ever received was borne out of the greatest suffering ever endured. The torrent of suffering Jesus endured brought us the blessing of everlasting life. It is the ultimate demonstration of God's mercy shown toward us.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12NLT