You go before me. You’re there beside me
And if I wander, love will find me
Goodness and mercy will always follow
You go before me. my Guardian
It was Saturday morning and the church was filled with women. It was the women’s ‘word and worship’ event and I was just finishing my apple pastry when the band began to play, a signal that it was time to sing – one of my favourite things to do!
These lyrics were displayed on the screen. I knew the song, I had sung it many times before on a Sunday.
But on this morning, I didn’t just sing the words as I always do, I actually read them.
I believed them.
On this Saturday morning, with tears in my eyes, I sang these words with a whole new meaning, because these are the words I have been needing to hear.
These are the words I have been waiting for.
They were there all along, and I have sung them time and time again.
I was just not paying attention.
Do you ever feel like you are stumbling in the dark with no guidance, with no protection or even understanding of where you are going or why?
You know that there is always a lesson to learn but what on earth could this lesson be – and you question if this is a lesson or a punishment?
He goes before you, as the lyrics say, and he is always there beside you.
You are never alone because He is always with you.
The road ahead is not unknown because He knows where you are going and he goes there first, to lead the way, to guide you through. And if you can put your trust in him, if you have faith that he is guiding the way, then there will be no more reason to be afraid of the dark.
Then you can wipe away tears and tread boldly into the wilderness, clothed in your armour and armed with His word.
We may not know what lies ahead, but we can trust that he will lead us, we can have faith that ‘goodness and mercy will always follow’.
At the end of the service I stepped forward for prayer and a very lovely lady prayed for me as the band began to play once again. Afterward she reminded me of Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path
One of the hardest things to do is to face the unknown, and this can be one of the loneliest times, when you feel like no-one else can understand or comprehend how your situation feels. When it seems as though everyone around you is carefree and happy, and you can’t imagine that anyone else wakes up in the morning with a head full of doom and gloom.
But You can handle it – He knows this.
Stand strong in Him and be guided by His light, for he is your guardian.
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