Mercies in Disguise

We listen to Christian radio in the car 90% of the time.  But I have a confession, I think it is corny most of the time so I never pay attention to it.  I love praise and worship music.  But most of the contempary christian stuff isn’t appealing to me.

I keep it on because it is easy.  My son must have music on in the car.  I don’t have to worry about them saying something off that I wouldn’t want my children to hear.  Plus they play “Our God is Greater” every 5 songs which I do enjoy so I’m bound to catch that while I’m in the car. 🙂

But this afternoon, the kids and I were on the way home from an outing to mommy’s playground, Ikea, and the song “Blessings” by Laura Story came on.  I’ve heard it nearly a thousand times but I’ve never listened to the words really.

They struck me today.  I mean really pierced my heart, mind, and spirit.

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 us 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

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

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?

And what if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?

I began thinking about life.  Sometimes it is just hard.  It’s not perfect.  While I’m so blessed, I still have days where I’m just weary, life is disappointing, or things are working out the way I think they should.

I pray for God to make me more like him-to shine His light.  I pray for patience.  I pray for Him to teach me complete dependence on Him.

So what if my children sickness going on 11 days now is teaching me complete dependance on Him?

What if my 3-year-olds seemingly endless lists of questions is teaching me patience?

What if the job we didn’t get is teaching me to be a good steward of what we have?

So much of life’s disappointment might just be a blessing.  God is teaching me exactly what I’m asking for-complete dependence on Him, patience, and wisdom.

So as I walk through a valley I’m going to TRY (keyword), with the help of God, to see it as an opportunity, a teachable moment…..”OK, Lord, what can I learn from this? How can I glorify you in this?”

Disappointments might just be God’s mercies in disguise. Most of all, they are a reminder that this is not our home.

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Happily Married with 2 Wonderful Children.
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5 Responses to Mercies in Disguise

  1. Adrienne Kleeman says:

    I have this song on my ipod… LOVE IT! It puts things in perspective at times….

  2. aronhainline says:

    I love this song! So true Erin~ Thanks for sharing! I want to try look at things a lot more differently now!!

  3. April says:

    I was listening to the radio today, while cleaning the kitchen and this song came on. God was apparently speaking to me as well, as I cried as I sang the words….

  4. Cathy Demumbreum says:

    Mike shared with me that you have this blog so I could see how the kids have grown. Thank you for sharing this message. I don’t know that I’ve heard this song or maybe I have and like you I didn’t listen to the words at first. I can’t begin to tell you how much this felt like I was reading about my own struggles…All I can say is that I really needed this today…

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