I haven’t written much here on the blog for a while. My feeling is that with all the content out there, unless it’s something I sincerely want to share, I’ll not add to the noise. God knows who needs to read what at a given time, and He always directs those here who do.
I was almost asleep when Tom brought me my phone last night. It was our son Will calling from Wheaton College. “I want to know what hymn you’d like to be sung at the recital. I’m doing this for you. I have three in mind.” His senior recital is next Tuesday night, something he’s been preparing for since September. Needless to say, I was touched that he would include a hymn. He knows how much I love to hear them on organ with congregational singing. So I requested, Great is Thy Faithfulness. He said that had been one of his three picks.
When Will began college, it seemed like an insurmountable mountain for us to help him. Four years later, I can say that God has been faithful, down to small details! Will is taking the next year off to work before graduate school, and he has a wonderful position at a church in Arlington Heights.
The LORD said, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) “The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” (Lamentations 3: 22-24)
The things that happen to us in life may not be good in themselves. Far from it. But truly, all things work TOGETHER for good, to those who love God. I have seen this. Our vision gets clouded by circumstances or the immediate pain or dismay of things, but God “plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm,” as the hymn puts it. It’s trusting and not losing hope in the middle of the waves that is our challenge.
I had to smile at the quote from the great organist and composer, Charles Marie Widor, as told to Albert Schweizer who interviewed him.
“Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity.”
It’s also the manifestation of a Will (Schlueter)! 😉
Here’s a beautiful version of the hymn! Maybe you could use it today.