Some mornings I wake up with so much preach in me I can have church all by myself. This morning the choir is up singing “You’ll never walk alone” and I am already up on my feet in my mind and I’m walking and I’m telling those who would have ears to hear that the moment you chose to be chosen, the moment you chose to walk with the Lord was the moment you ceased to walk by yourself . Not that He didn’t have His hand on you from the moment you were thought of and conceived, but you had to come to yourself and realize that nothing else matters but being with, walking with Him who is God eternal, God the King of kings and Lord of lords.
You see the thing that sometimes throws us for a loop in this walk is the storms and sometimes those storms are in our minds. Sometimes the storms are a clearing away of old patterns of thinking, old ways of doing things, old attachments and dependencies so that God can break forth that new thing in you. And the thing about a storm is that it is nearly impossible to see and even more impossible to see who is for you. That just may be why Paul wrote, “If God be for us, who can be against us.“ (Romans 8:31)
Somebody ought to say Amen because the entrance of that word from Paul brings light to the situation. I’m walking right now and it seems like there’s no help in sight. I don’t see any help on the right. I don’t see any help on the left. I look ahead and can’t seem to trust even the glimmer of the new that is in front of me. I have not been this way before, I cannot see where I am going. My mind is flooded with all kinds of emotions.
Yet, I have the blessed assurance in print that if God be for me who can be against me? So, I keep walking.
And then I hear the echoing of the choir singing that song—“when you walk through a storm hold your head up high” and I find my self reassuring myself that I got to keep my mind fixed on things above like Paul told the church at Colosse--- NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. (Colossians 3:2)
Then the songwriter goes on to say “Hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.”
I know why the songwriter said that because FEAR will show up in the storm, won’t it.? Fear will come and try to snatch your mind off of things above and onto a whole slew of what ifs,… what if this happens, and what if they do that?? And so on and so on.
And then the songwriter speaks of the end of the storm bringing a “golden sky and a sweet song” and my mind goes to Hebrews 12: 2 and I am reminded to fix my eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of my faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross and all kinds of opposition.
“Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”
I don’t know about you but I believe I can take another step because I know who holds my future. I can take that next step because my hope is not a WHAT, it’s a WHO and His name is Jesus. I can walk on with my hope, my Jesus in my heart and I’ll never ever walk alone. I can weather any old storm… Now, let the church say, Amen.