Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Even If

If I remember right, I think the deejay on the radio simply said, "Turn up your radio, be quiet, and just listen."

And then THIS song was played.
(I wish there was a better, clearer one to post, but this is the best I could find!)

And wow, just wow.
I wanted them to play it again as soon as it was over.




Even If:

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I'm losing bad


I've stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It'll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can't

It's easy to sing
When there's nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I'm held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You're able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone

You've been faithful
You've been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may

‘Cause I know You're able
I know You can

It is well with my soul

So here's an interesting tidbit...The "even if" comes from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 
I hope you're not reading this thinking...here she goes with another Bible story.
Because, well - I am.
BUT it's to help drive home an important message.
Or one I think is important anyways...


[And sidenote: My intention with this blog isn't to throw Christianity in your face, but rather show, in whatever way I can, how we truly are better together.  However, God is close to my heart, as is my family and friends...so you're bound to hear about it all!]


Now back on track...

To give a brief summary - back in the day, King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, an enormous image of gold, and declared that the people of the land were to fall down and worship the image of gold.  Long story short, three friends - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego - didn't obey the King.  So the King approached them, giving them another chance and more or less telling them do this or they will be thrown into a blazing furnace.  The three stood before King Nebuchadnezzar and said, "We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it....BUT EVEN IF he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold..." (Daniel 3:16-18)

This is good stuff!!!
 
Together, as friends, they stood firm.

The King was infuriated. 
He had his people heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual and had his strongest soldiers tie up the three friends to throw them in the fire.  The soldiers ended up falling into the furnace as did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.   

But guess what?!

The soldiers died.
 
But when the King looked into the furnace, instead of seeing three people (still standing and unbound, at that), he saw four - one whom he said looked like a son of the gods.

So he called to them to come out...and he saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, their hair wasn't even singed, their clothes not scorched, not even the smell of fire on them.

So - what's the point I'm trying to make here?!
Well actually there's a few.


1.  There is great strength in friendship.
Friendships make life bearable - in good and happy times and even in trying and difficult times.  To have people in your life that you know will be there in both, well, that's something truly special. 
 
2.  It's important to stand with others who share your same convictions.
This story reminds us that death was imminent for these friends.  At any time, either of them could have backed out and bowed down and said, "This is crazy - we're going to die."  But they stood firm in their convictions, what they believed, together.  
3. We're going to have bad days.  We're going to have trying times.  There's going to be times we don't know what the outcome is going to be in the situations we are in.  But can we be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?  Can we have strength in the friendships we share with those who have the same convictions and know that God CAN save you, can change your situation, but EVEN IF he doesn't - or chooses to do so different than you expect or even want - still say it is well?!


Friends!!
We are Better Together!
I fully believe we're meant to do life with others!
Through the fire and through the storms...but better yet - in the sunshine and happy days, too!
xox,
Jenny

 

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