About five months ago, before everything shut down, I had an opportunity to go to a Lauren Daigle concert with my friend. We were beyond excited. I had ordered the tickets way back in December and we had been counting down the days. At the time I ordered the tickets, my youngest sister was very excited about her new relationship. Three months later, the night before she got engaged, I felt the presence of the Lord at the concert.
I was thinking, “This isn’t how it’s supposed to go, God,” just as Lauren Daigle started to sing “Trust In You.” It’s a good thing it was loud in the auditorium because I broke down right there. 😭😭 Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I was a mess, but during that song and several others I heard these words like I never have before.
Verses one and two of “Rescue”
You are not hidden
There’s never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolen
There is no distance
That cannot be covered
Over and over
You’re not defenseless
I’ll be your shelter
I’ll be your armor
I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS
I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It’s true, I will rescue you.
The Bridge and chorus of “Trust In You.”
You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foudation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I was very excited for my sister—don’t get me wrong—but there was a part of me that made me feel like I was being left behind. I have felt that way my whole life, basically. Change is never easy for anyone, but I’ve watched my sisters get their drivers licenses, go to college, make new friends, and experience things I’ll never go through in my handicapped life. And now my little sister is going to get married before me.
Not only did my youngest sister recently get married, but I also have two younger cousins getting married soon, and my best friend is in a relationship—plus COVID craziness!! Can someone wake me up when 2020 is over? Seriously, though, as I look back after the past five months and how much has changed in my life, I can’t help but look at getting to go to Lauren Daigle’s last concert as a gift from the Lord. If I hadn’t been able to go, I would have been so depressed.
I remember thinking to myself in June, “I know marriage is good and there’s still hope for all of us single people. I know God has a plan, and I’m trying to learn to wait. Well, blah blah blah….” Believe me, I know all the lingo. I’m just tired of it. Then, as I was reading in 2 Corinthians 7:4-6, I became so encouraged.
2 Corinthians 7:4-6: “Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;”
Verses four and six really stood out to me. Even though Paul is going through tribulations, he says he’s “filled with comfort” and “exceedingly joyful”. I also love “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down”. He’s saying God uses people like Titus to comfort. There’s nothing mind-blowing-new about this, but it was just another reminder that I’m not alone nor the only one handicapped and single and going through change. Obviously my situation is so minute compared to Paul’s. I wish I could have an attitude like Paul’s.
Has there been a situation in your life recently when you have felt the presence of the Lord?
Do you feel like you are being left behind in an area/areas of your life?
Let me encourage you; you are not alone, and the Lord will give you the comfort and strengthen you.
Psalm 136:16 “To him which led his people through the wilderness,for his mercy endureth forever;”