Tue March 26th, 2019
One of Don Moen’s most famous worship songs is:
God will make a way where there seems to be no way,
He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me,
He will be my guide, Hold me closely to His side,
With love and strength for each new day, He will make a way He will make a way,
By a roadway in the wilderness He'll lead me, And rivers in the desert will I see,
Heaven and earth will fade But His word will still remain, He will do something new today.
Many of you will know it and still sing it.
Last Sunday in church a woman got up and sang it. I have heard this woman sing before, but I had forgotten how good her voice was. It wasn’t her voice or even the song that got to me – it was what she said to introduce it.
She described how she had a video at home of Don Moen singing this live in front of a grand piano. This was an old video but she had played it many times. Her young son was very fond of it and would often ask for her to play it. She would often sing the song to her son.
When he was four years old he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. Much of the time he was too ill to do anything than to watch videos. This video continued to be a very popular choice.
This lady continued to sing the song over and over choosing to believe that although the doctors held out little hope that God would make a way.
Three years later her little boy relapsed and died.
She continued to play the song in her head and sing it under her breath – choosing to believe that God would make a way for her to live without the son she loved so much.
Last Sunday she stood up to sing it again, because irrespective of her circumstances she believed that God was still making a way for her and would continue to do so.
I cried as she told her story because I knew that she meant every word and I had witnessed the bravery and strength with which she had lived through the battle for her son’s life.
As I meditated on this after the service I couldn’t help but remember my old school friend Edward. I walked up to Edward in the library one day and there was a lot of noise going on around him. Working in that environment was not ideal. He dealt with it in his own manner - he said to me that he had mentally put on his favourite record in his head.
He blanked out the noise around him with music. He played the song in his head – and it made the circumstances of that library more pleasant for him. In fact the song in his head altered his experience of life.
I couldn’t help but make a comparison between my old friend Edward (wonder where he is now?) and that lady. In both cases the inner song made the difference. The words “God will make a way” where more than a song – they were truth – and we know that the truth will set you free (John 8:22).
This lady didn’t ignore the circumstances of life, hide from them or pretend they would go away if she sang in head – but she applied the truth of the words to her circumstances to help her stand. She chose to believe truth rather than the facts of her son’s sickness, death and loss. Facts can change, and they are only temporal anyway. Truth remains – it will always be – like God himself, because Jesus the Son of God declares himself to be the truth (John 14:6)
I will make a way in the wilderness Isa 43:19 HCSB
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isa 43:2 NKJV
You can listen to Don sing his song on YouTube or Spotify. I am sorry you couldn’t hear that lady though – because it was the most moving I ever heard. I would have sung and then explained it – but she told her story and then managed to sing!
Whatever you are facing today, God will give you a song – play it over and over until you believe it. Apply God’s truth to your mountains and they will be cast into the sea.
Jesus replied to them, "Have faith in God. 23 I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:22-23 HCSB
Remember that when you are climbing Mount Moriah to sacrifice willingly, a ram is climbing up the other side of your mountain as God’s provision. You can’t see the ram coming, but it is! (Genesis 22).
Like this lady you can have a song – God has one for you!
You shall have a song Isa 30:29 NKJV
It will be a long time before I forget that lady – her song, her faith, & the integrity of her journey.
You see, I am that lady’s husband, and I share the song everyday!