Bless The Broken Road

Every long lost dream

Led me to where you are

Others who broke my heart

They were like Northern Stars

Pointing me on my way

Into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That lead me straight to you….

(Rascal Flatts, “Bless The Broken Road”)

It has been a difficult week! Now, I know – I’m no saint. Never have been. And I trust in the Gospel, that all who believe and are baptized will be saved. But it’s hard, at times, to recognize that it’s at least partly my failures at truly righteous living that have brought me (and those I love) to these kinds of impasses. A friend suggested to me that there is a big difference between prayers of supplication where I turn my prayer concern over to God and let it go, and praying just to manipulate God into giving me what I want. Ouch. There are many days I still can’t find the line between those two. I know beyond any doubt that I know how to do the latter much better than the former.

And then there are the words from singer Wayne Watson’s old classic, “Home Free:”

Out in the corridor,

We pray for life

A mother for her baby

A husband for his wife

Sometimes the good die young

It’s sad but true

But while we pray for one more heartbeat

The real comfort is in You

You know, pain has little mercy

And suff’rings no respecter or age

Of rank or position

I know that every prayer gets answered

But the hardest one to pray

Is slow to come

“O Lord, not mine

But your will be done….

Yeah, no kidding, Wayne. When I heard of older children’s ‘difficulties’ so to speak, I told him, “I keep telling God, ‘You’re not checking my list!’ And the fact that I even have a list is a good sign that I’m not quite all there, spiritually…”

In the end, I have to come back to the simple answer: God is God, and I am not. This side of the final trumpet, I will never know the “whys.” All I can do is sing and pray Wayne Watson’s chorus:

Home free

Eventually

At the ultimate healing

We will be home free…

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One Response to “Bless The Broken Road”

  1. I know what you mean. Sometimes we just have to sit back and say, “Ok God, You know what You’re doing and I don’t”. May He bless you in the waiting. In Him,

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