Bring The Rain-

Many of the private emails I have received have asked a very similar question. “How can you keep your faith, after what your family has been through already”. I never really knew how to answer that question – not because the question seemed frivilous, but because the answer is so big. I was driving to my parents yesterday afternoon when a song by MercyMe came on the radio. Now, first of all those of you who know me in real life know that I love to sing- Music is so very important to me. Second of all, those of you who know me in real life also know that every song that comes on the radio while we are driving has some sort of meaning to me and usually will turn the radio up and say “this is my favorite song!”…

Yesterday was no different, short of the fact that this song answers that one huge question that so many of you have asked. I turned the radio up and listened intently with tears streaming down my face. Its intitled ” Bring the Rain”.

Before I share the song, I want to share a cool thing with you that happend last night between me and God.

I was laying in bed last night thinking about everything that has been happening in the last week (the diagnosis, the trip, the love offering, the ball in the pit of my stomach that wont go away etc.) I was looking at the ceiling at all of the shadows, thinking, where is that light coming from? I knew that I had turned off all of the lights in our house- and then I smiled.

It is no different than my real every day life. I sometimes feel as if I am surrounded by shadows- hiding in the corner broken hearterd and scared- yet if there is shadow, there is light…. can you wrap your heart around that? Even in those darkest moments, there is light.

One of the great things that has come from this so far is healing. It may not be physical healing as of yet, but there have been some very strained relationships in my life that have been healed because of this. It is a wonderful feeling opening your email and seeing so many olive branches being offered from people. Situations like this tend to bring out the knowledge that most things are just frivolous in the grand scheme of life. That, sometimes, is a hard lesson to learn. We (I know I do) have this ugly habit of feeling entitled- but yet God uses even the ugliest of situations to remind us of his over all plan- and it typically has nothing to do with the things we feel we have the right to fight for.

So, back to the song. I hope it blesses you. I know it tremendously blessed me. The closer I get to going to Mayo, the louder I want to sing this song with tears flowing down my face. Whatever it takes to bring you Glory….


“Bring The Rain”

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I’ve gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It’s never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what’s a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty

But I will trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
for He has been good to me.

-Psalms 13: 5-6

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  1. I am in total and complete awe of the things God is doing in your life. I know that He has a plan for you and your family, and I thank you for allowing us to share in that plan. May God bless you and give you continued grace and courage through the coming days, weeks, months. You are a true inspiration to so many people. Know that you and your family are in the prayers of many!

  2. Dearest Heather:
    I don’t know you, found you from another site ’bout a week ago, but gotta say, I love you and your beautiful family! You’ve been quite the inspiration for me — your gifts for writing and for ministry just blow me away. Just wanted to tell you that you’ve been on my mind, oh, about constantly, and you better believe that i’m praying for you! Thank You for being you. Blessings to you and your family!
    melinda

  3. Can I post yet another song lyric for you? Still storming those gates with God’s name and then yours on my lips.

    Sunrise, by Nichole Nordeman

    If I had the chance
    To go back again
    Take a different road, bear a lighter load
    Tell an easy story

    I would walk away
    With my yesterdays
    And I would not trade what is broken for beauty only

    Every valley
    Every bitter chill
    Made me ready to climb back up the hill
    And find that…

    You are sunrise
    You are blue skies
    How would I know the morning
    If I knew not midnight?

    You’re my horizon
    You’re the light of a new dawn
    So thank you, thank you
    That after the long night, you are sunrise

    There’s a moment when
    Faith caves in
    There’s a time when every soul is certain God is gone

    But every shadow is evidence of sun
    And every tomorrow holds out hope for us
    For every one of us

    You alone will shine
    You alone can resurrect this heart of mine

  4. I like that one too. If the rain is gonna fall, it had better be for His glory.

    And, another song for you, from Hillsong:

    Let the Peace of God Reign

    Father of Life, draw me closer
    Lord, my heart is set on you.
    Let me run this race in time
    with your life enfolding mine
    and let the peace of God, let it reign.

    Oh Holy Spirit, be my comfort
    Strengthen me, hold my head up high
    Let me stand upon your truth
    bringing glory unto you.
    And let the peace of God, let it reign

    Oh Lord, I hunger for more of you
    Rise up within me, let me know your truth
    Oh Holy Spirit, saturate my soul
    fill me now
    let your healing power bring life
    and make me whole
    and let the peace of God, let it reign.

  5. Heather,

    I came to know about you through my sister who has a blog.. Diane’s Place. We are both Christians and we have been praying for you individually and also, our womens class at our church is praying for you. God must have something amazing for you to do… who knows who you may see and come in contact with at the Mayo clinic…. lots of people to witness to and share the Lord with… as Mercy Me says.. “I Can Only Imagine.” I don’t know you and yet amazingly, I do. Because as Christians, we are also sisters… You and your family will be in our prayers continually and I will check for updates. No matter what happens, God is in control and He holds you in the palm of His hand. You have learned what God can do by watching your own child grow greatly through such circumstances that an adult would have difficulty dealing with. You took care of her… and God will take care of you. You are an inspiration… I pray that you will even be amazed by what God does for you! :) God is so good….at loving us, caring for us, and taking care of us… I will be waiting for good news.. expecting good news..

  6. You have touched me deeply, Heather. God bless you and heal you.

  7. God is already touching lives left and right, indeed! May His peace abound tomorrow.

  8. Amazing Post!
    Amazing Song!!
    Amazing Heather!!!
    Heather, know that you are loved and being prayed for!

  9. thanks foe the encouragment, and gentle rebuke, Heather. Even in the midst of your pain, your still ministering to others. God is so pleased 😉

  10. My God be glorified no matter what the circumstance!! Prayers are sent your way…

  11. God is amazing. He is shining through you like the sun.

  12. Hey Heather,

    I put together this video after seeing MercyMe in concert. The song totally blew me away and I just cried during the whole thing. My thoughs and prayers are with you and your family.

    Mike-Portland, OR

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