He Hears.

26 Mar

We want healing, He gives more pain.

We want answers, He remains seemingly silent.

 We want Him to dry the tears and soothe the ache, yet He allows them to continue falling.

We want the rain to stop, the rolling thunder to cease, but the storm roars on.

He hears.

Every word whispered. Every plea our hearts make when words won’t come.

His ears are ever open unto the cries of His children.

And more often than not, answers that don’t seem like answers at all, are the biggest blessings He’ll ever bestow upon us.

While driving through Lancaster City yesterday evening, the Lord sent this song my way. It sums up so beautifully the things He’s done in my life over the last six years and continues to do in the season I currently find myself in. Tears of joy welled up in my eyes, overwhelming gratefulness for His blessings in disguise. Blessings that I never knew where blessings while in the middle of the tough times.

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

And all the while
You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

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?

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness
We doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
Lord, that we’d have faith to believe

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?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not
This is not our home

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?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?
And what if trials of this life
The rain
The storms
The hardest nights
are your mercies in disguise?

~ Laura Story

I will never forget the Summer of 2005. The August when He brought healing through tears. The months to follow in which the greatest disappointments became the greatest gifts He’s ever given me.

I will never be the same because of the years that followed. When I wondered what He was doing, only to find out later, He was busy preparing things so I would ultimately be exactly where I belong.

The countless nights when the darkness of desires unfulfilled brought such despair to my broken heart have brought me here.

Here. Where I now know what it means to love His precious Word and know what it means to see it brought to pass in everyday life.

Here. Where I have my Daniel and the sweetness of serving with him in ministry.

Here. Where I continue to wait in anxious anticipation for the entirety of His plans to be fulfilled.

Here. Where I know without a shadow of a doubt that He loves me way too much to give me lesser things!

So, if you feel like you have more questions than answers, like the dark clouds continue to shower heavy downpours upon your head, know that He hears and it’s through the hard times that He brings the healing you so desperately long for.

Each puddle is precious.

Every drop comes from a Loving Lord who wants the very best for you, His precious child.

I am so thankful that He hears and for the many blessings in disguise!

If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend taking the time to listen to the song at http://www.laurastorymusic.com/

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