Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

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
All the while, You hear each spoken need
You love us way too much to give us lesser things

(CHORUS)

‘Cause 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
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
You long that we'd have faith to believe

 

(CHORUS)

 

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

 

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

 

TID-bits

This is a big picture song.   It’s like this verse found in Ecclesiastes 12:13:  

“When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is:   fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.”

When you read the 11 chapters that come before that verse, you read that writer’s pessimistic view of life - that everything is meaningless!   What’s funny is that this author lived what we would consider to be a very meaningful life.   He had it all:   Riches, Fame, Wealth, Power.   Yet, it all comes down to “fear God and keep His commands, because doing so will help the rest of humanity.”

So the big picture here is that we are to continue to follow God, and hold Him in reverence (a.k.a. “fear”) no matter what troubles come our way.   Only by doing so will we ultimately see the blessings He has for us.

What are some challenges you’ve had when it comes to “seeing the big picture?” Anything along those lines can tie into this song.   Here are some examples:

  • Your child chooses a career path that you’re not crazy about.   Perhaps because of that, others outside of your comfort zone will come to know the Lord.
  • You end up sick during a key time at work.   Because of that it allows your teammates to pull together and grow in ways you hadn’t dreamed.
  • Years of struggling by paying off debts and living within your means brings you to a place where you can financially help others who have lost their jobs.

What are some other examples in your own life of how you’ve seen the big picture?   How has God worked through your struggles to show His blessings?   When you share your challenges and how you’ve overcome them (or not) over the air, you will endear yourself to your listeners.  

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Here's a thought from the book "The Fifth Gospel" by Bobby Conway:

So think about it. Through suffering, you get to become a walking advertisement for the greatness and power of God. And if that wasn’t enough, you gain wisdom, perseverance, maturity, God’s close presence, perspective, spiritual alertness, obedience, a calm assurance, and a harvest of righteousness.

What child of God wouldn’t want all that?

God never looks more beautiful through our lives than when we suffer well, when even in the silence of pain, a voice within us still speaks up. Have you ever considered the thought that perhaps the suffering you’re currently resisting could be the very tool God uses to help you share Jesus with others? It could be the very tool that grabs the attention of the nonbelieving onlooker situated at a place near you.

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  • Have you chosen where you’re going to live?
  • I don't mean physicially, but emotionally.
  • Most people say you have to live in the present, but some people seem to want to live in the past.
  • However, a great place to live is in the future.
  • How do you do that?
  • Well, God says He has great plans for you - ones to give you a hope and a future, so it’s a great idea to trust in that.
  • That way you can get past your past, and not worry about your present.   Here’s Laura Story...

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  • On a recent trip I had to live out of a suitcase.
  • And If you’ve ever had to do that, you know that it gets old after a week or so - you’re just ready to be home!
  • ...Our life here on earth is just living out of a suitcase, because one day you’ll get to your real home - heaven,
  • and the troubles of the road will be long past.

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  • Ever seen a “blip?”   That little dot of light on a radar screen?
  • That’s what our trials in life are like.
  • The Bible describes our troubles as momentary.
  • That’s because, if you know Christ, you will ultimately be at home in heaven for eternity.
  • Compared to eternity, what you’re going through now is a tiny little blip that you’ll one day forget.

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  • You know what one of the best blessings in life is?
  • Having your own quiet corner.
  • A place to pray, to chat, to ponder.
  • ...Our trials in life force us to retreat into that corner, to ask God for help.
  • Maybe that’s why we go through the stuff we do.   So that we end up in a corner with no one but God in front to protect us.

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  • You know, the Grand Canyon is a result of raindrops.
  • Water from the sky that filled the Colorado River, which flowed and eroded the canyon bit by bit.
  • This song (that song) mentions blessings coming through raindrops,
  • and if you feel like your life is a deep canyon right now because of your struggles,
  • just know that God is making something beautiful out of it.

 

    Scripture References

    Jeremiah 29:11

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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    2 Corinthians 4:17

    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

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    Psalm 34:22

    The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

     

    Your Own Experiences

    Anything been dragging you down lately?   Talk about how great it is that you’re (AGE) and God has brought you this far.

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    Talk about a prayer you had that went unanswered, and why you’re glad it did.

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    Talk about a time you visited a place with great history.   Help the listener realize that places like these - (like the Alamo or the Smithsonian) are there to commemorate the struggles of those who’ve gone before.   The point is - struggles lead us to a greater place.

     

One Response so far.

  1. Thought of this song today as I read 2 Cor. 1:9-10. Paul faced alot of issues in his life, but he did try to fix them by himself. He chose to “set our hope.” on God. In the middle of trials (great or small), we have to choose will we handle this on our own, or step aside and let God work through it. – By the way, it’s Jayme :)

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