Are Your Trials “Mercies in Disguise”?

Laura Story’s new song “Blessings” – this might just become my theme song for the year. Beautiful!

Thanks to my friend Danielle for sharing this with me. And I want to thank the Lord for the trials that we’ve gone through over the last several months: hard jobs, no job, financial burdens, family burdens, struggles with trusting vs. doubting, periods of frustration and waiting on the Lord, struggling with trusting vs. doubting, etc. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been what’s best for us. And while we wouldn’t wish the trials of these last few months on anyone else, we wouldn’t wish them away for the world. We’ve learned so much: our faith has grown, our marriage has grown, and we’ve been forced to be creative while waiting and trusting on His perfect timing and path. Thank you, Lord.

“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,
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.

“‘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
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

“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?”

2 responses to “Are Your Trials “Mercies in Disguise”?

  1. This link has a beautiful slideshow that goes with it instead of just the album cover:
    Check it out if you like.

  2. “God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
    — Elisabeth Elliot

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