Blessings In Disguise
One of my favorite songs currently is “Blessings” by Laura Story. You can find the lyrics and watch her sing it live at http://www.lyricshall.com/lyrics/Laura+Story/Blessings/.
In this song Laura asks the question, “what if the trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights, are Your blessings in disguise?”
That gets me thinking every time I hear the song. We go through a lot of trials, some more than others. Loved ones are taken from us, spouses reject and abandon us, illness strikes, financial security crumbles, jobs disappear, children break our heart. Sleepless nights ensue, questions, tears, fist-shaking. Darkness creeps in and encircles us with its tentacles, and tightens until we feel we can’t breathe anymore.
But what if those trials are God’s way of drawing us closer to Him? What if they are His way of showering us with His blessings and giving us just a glimpse of what eternity with Him will be like?
I can honestly say I was never closer to God than when I was at my lowest point in the valley of cancer. His presence, His arms around me, His words spoken to my heart, during those hard, lonely times, during the sleepless nights, during the tears, was the most precious blessing I could have received at the time. It was exactly what I needed. And even now, three-plus years removed from the ordeal, if I close my eyes and take myself back to that time, I can still feel Him there. The emotion is still so raw, the blessings so near.
As Laura sings, we pray for blessings and peace and protection and prosperity, and all that’s well and good. We should pray for those things. But what if through the trials of this life we see and experience God in ways we never would otherwise? What if trials are his blessings in disguise?
Kind of gives us a different perspective on trials, doesn’t it?
I encourge you to read the lyrics, listen to the song. Laura sings from firsthand experience, too. In 2006 her husband was hospitalized with a brain tumor, and during the surgery he contracted meningitis. He’s recovered, as she puts it, about 85%, and Laura testifies to the abundance of blessings she received from God during that trial.
I’ve been so blessed and touched by her song that it inspired the title of my October, 2012 release, A Thousand Sleepless Nights.
I’ll leave you with the chorus of “Blessings”:
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?