Born in 1820, Fanny Crosby is credited with writing over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs in her lifetime. Wow. That’s an astounding body of work. This week I had the pleasure of listening to Indelible Grace V, a CD called Wake Thy Slumbering Children. I had a long drive to and from Atlanta and knew well to bring some good music along for the ride. It was my first exposure to this particular project and my van quickly became a worship wagon on wheels. I’d say I listened to it no less than five times on the trip. Track #9 was a stand out for me, words penned by Fanny Crosby herself . . .
O heart bereaved and lonely, whose brightest dreams have fled
Whose hopes like summer roses, are withered crushed and dead
Though link by link be broken, and tears unseen may fall
Look up amid thy sorrow, to Him who knows it all
O cling to thy Redeemer, thy Savior, Brother, Friend
Believe and trust His promise, to keep you till the end
O watch and wait with patience, and question all you will
His arms of love and mercy, are round about thee still
Look up, the clouds are breaking, the storm will soon be o’er
And thou shall reach the haven, where sorrows are no more
Look up, be not discouraged; trust on, whate’er befall
Remember, O remember, Thy Savior knows it all
The emboldened words spoke to me. Because I have questions. Lots of them. Perhaps you do, too. Why is life so hard sometimes? Why didn’t things turn out the way I had hoped? Why doesn’t God intervene in my circumstance? Why does He seem silent? Whatever the question, it seems God allows the asking. And gives the blessed assurance of His love and mercy even still. By the way, Fanny wrote that one, too. Blessed Assurance, one of my favorites.
Jeremiah 29: 13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” It’s funny when we find Him, somehow the answers to our questions no longer seem all that important.
Watching and waiting,