I started this post a few days ago but I couldn’t figure out what to actually write about the song.
The song is awesome and I love it, but the only thing I had to go on were the lyrics. There wasn’t any big, discerning message that I was hearing from God about the song. . .until Saturday night.
First, a bit of background before we get to the new stuff. I’ve known my friend Lee since he was 12. His step-dad brought him to Troop #4 and Lee hit it off right away. He loved the scouting program, the troop, and the people involved with it. He soon became good friends with my youngest brother and he lived close to me.
Through the interaction with the troop, I came to know Lee very well and inadvertently became his mentor. After his step-dad and mom broke up, I would pick him up and drop him off from troop events and occasionally he would call to just talk and vent. For a long time, I’ve been working on helping him come to know Jesus and understand that there was a plan for him. Even though he was in a bad situation now, God always watches out for us.
I know that most of my words he listened to but never really understood and accepted. He’s been very resentful toward his mom and the way that he was neglected throughout most of his life. I can understand where he’s coming from and I don’t fault him for his feelings, I’ve even tried to help him come to forgive his mom and explaining to him that it would do a world of good. He listened, but I could tell that he wasn’t liking the idea of forgiving his mom.
A couple weeks ago we went out to Applebee’s and the conversation turned toward what he wanted to do with his life after high school. He was telling me how he wants to get to know his heritage (he has Cherokee blood) and learn more about Native American religious beliefs. I supported him with this and started explaining that he could do all of that and possibly be a missionary to a Cherokee reservation. I told him that my church sends missionaries to a Navajo reservation.
We left the restaurant and talked for quite a while longer in the parking lot. I was giving him bits and peices of my testimony, telling him places where I’ve heard, felt, seen God working in my life.
So this past Saturday, Lee and I ended up at Applebee’s again. A few days ago he had been at his former house and got into an argument with his mom about how her parenting. He later posted his experience on Facebook and I could tell from that post that he was very angry and hateful about the whole thing. After he got into a Facebook argument with one of his mom’s friends, he was still feeling bitter about everything.
As we were talking on Saturday, Lee told me that he had recently been experiencing God working in his life. This was somewhat surprising for me because Lee was never eager to talk about God much. He continued to tell me that he feels God brought a girl into his life, for what reason we don’t know yet. Lee was also telling me that after his last encounter with his mom and the Facebook argument that ensued that he felt peaceful. He felt as though God was taking the anger and hate from him. Lee continued on saying that he didn’t even feel that he needed to cuss as much.
By this point, I was ecstatic with his small testimony. Throughout the night I added a few more pieces of my own experiences with God and encouraged him to keep listening for God.
All of that said, on the way home from Applebee’s that night I was reminded of this song. It practically fits Lee’s experiences of the last few days.
The question that is never far away
But healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains
The first verse sums up how a lot of people feel when they’re in any given situation. People will often assume that God is not around when they’re asking “why?”, they don’t see that God has a plan for everything and one way or another God will pull them through.
Which reminds me of the song by Newsong called “The Same God”. The chorus says:
The same God who was with you then is with you now
The same God who led you in will lead you out
The second verse of “The Hurt & The Healer” explains the other part of suffering, where people become so bogged down by their pain that they feel like they can’t do anything other than breathe.
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through
If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, trust that He has a plan for our lives. . .then we can know that God is with us through our pain and will pull us through to the other side where Glory awaits!
It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”
God doesn’t always show us the entire puzzle before it’s completed. He shows us a piece here, a piece there. All of it being our story for His glory. . .and ultimately the relationship that He longs to have with each and every one of us.
- The Hurt & The Healer (tljax.wordpress.com)