My daughter shared this beautiful song with me recently – “Blessings” by Laura Story. I was having a hard day and was stressing over how we were going to survive the long days of unemployment that were upon us after my husband’s job ended.
Tears began streaming down my face as I listened to the words of the chorus:
“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?”
Laura Story wrote this song after her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after multiple surgeries, didn’t get the healing he had hoped for. They began to question whether they had an accurate picture of God’s mercy.
As the song says, “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 us way too much to give us lesser things.”
We want our life to be comfortable, prosperous and easy. But God is more interested in the journey than the ending. He develops and matures our character through hopeless circumstances. But we have to choose to draw close to Him as we travel our challenging path.
The stepfamily journey has difficult days and sleepless nights. Defiant teen-agers, belligerent ex-spouses, confusing emotions and shattered dreams contribute to hopeless days. We search for God and beg for His mercies. But as the song suggests, perhaps our blessing comes as we seek His face for comfort, compassion, and answers during our trials.
Will you consider that God could be showing His mercy through unexpected ways?