Through (2)

Back on January 18th, I wrote about the Andrae Crouch song “Through it All”.  I wrote about how the word “through” means “in at one end, side or surface and out at the other”.  I wrote about how we were going through a crisis with my Dad, but that we were trusting God to bring us through to the other side.

I had no way of knowing that 5 days later, the other side for Dad would be heaven.

There’s always something in me that wonders what goes through God’s mind as He watches us, knowing that another – maybe even a bigger test of faith is right around the corner.  But as I wonder, I also know that He’s preparing us.  If we trust Him in one unknown, we will be stronger when we face the next one.

I’ve learned that God will bring me through, no matter what the unknown is, no matter how crushing or devastating or sad.  I can’t always expect that “through” means what I want on the other side.  “Through” always means what God wants on the other side. 

There is another verse to “Through it All” that I didn’t quote on January 18th.  But it seems particularly appropriate now.

I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
There’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
That my trials come to only make me strong.

In this situation, in every situation, God has indeed given our family blessed consolation.  This trial has made us stronger in spite of the tears and sorrows. 

So I hope you don’t mind if I take some liberties with a few of the words…

Through it all,
through it all,
We’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
We’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,
through it all,
We’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy. Colossians 1:11

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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