Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What if...

 We heard this song (by Laura Story) on the radio the other day and then again last night.  It raised some interesting questions as we have talked since then.  I have more questions than I do answers at this point, regarding suffering.  These words help give me some direction in my questioning.  Maybe I am just too dense and slow in my thinking to see ultimate good and love in the midst of horrible-ness.  I want to learn and I want to understand.  I'm hoping that God will be patient with me as I struggle with this.

"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
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
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
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
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise"

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