Faith, Rise

One of my dearest friends lived through an excruciating 24 hours a couple of weeks ago.  We have walked through scary storms together.  But this one wrecked us both beyond what we thought possible.

When I picked up the phone to hear silence on the other end, I knew the unspeakable had happened.

Her child was stuck.  Stuck in a system that she cannot fix.  Stuck out of reach of her.
Then, the very next day…her father went to heaven.

Loss. Such great, unfathomable loss.

Loss of what we hoped 2017 would look like.  Loss of….hope.

Temporarily.

But see….she and I.  We’ve walked pain before.  We’ve spoken Truth into each other’s wounds and tears.  The Lord put her in my life at a time when I needed someone who had ‘been there before’. For the longest time, on that one phone call….there was just silence.

Then attempts at processing what had just happened.

Then time to speak Truth and her to hear Truth and know it full well.  To rejoice with her over things as big as “God is sovereign and faithful and good” and “God can and will carry you through this” and things like “you know, because of what you have endured the last several years, you know who your prayer warriors are.”

Praise God he unveils when He does who our Prayer Warriors are.  People that will hit their knees in prayer for you before you even ask.  People that mourn when you mourn, rejoice when you rejoice, and aren’t afraid to step into your affliction.

I heard this song for the first time when I was praying for her and her family.  And immediately prayed that she would not fear the storm but rest in His peace.

My, what a reminder that I need to have for myself.  What better way to remind myself than to blog it now so that one day, when I’m reading back through this blog and the story God has woven together, I’m reminded of these very words.

I don’t want to be afraid every time I face the waves.
I don’t want to be afraid. I don’t want to be afraid.
I don’t want to fear the storm just because I hear it roar.
I don’t want to fear the storm. I don’t want to fear the storm.
“Peace, be still.” Say the Word and I will.
Set my feet upon the sea til I’m dancing in the deep.
“Peace, be still.” You are here so it is well.
Even when my eyes can’t see I will trust the voice that speaks.
I’m not going to be afraid because these waves are only waves.

I’m not going to be afraid. I’m not going to be afraid.
I’m not going to fear the storm. You are greater than it’s roar.
I’m not going to fear the storm. I’m not going to fear the storm.
Let faith rise up. Oh heart, believe. Let faith rise up in me.
Let faith rise up. Oh heart, believe. Let faith rise up in me.
“Peace, be still.” Say the Word and I will.
Set my feet upon the sea til I’m dancing in the deep.
“Peace, be still.” You are here so it is well.
Even when my eyes can’t see I will trust the voice that speaks.
~Lauren Daigle, Peace Be Still

 

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