It's been on my mind: tragedy.  I'd spent the day doing things around the house with some Hulu TV playing in the background. It was well into the evening when I saw tweets and FB statuses about the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  I switched the TV over to the weather channel and my jaw dropped. There, clearly before me, was a school that was completely wiped out. I watched as First Responders stood, assessing their next move. I heard the newscaster saying things like, "there were still children in the school," "They had only gotten a few grades out before it hit," "They are trying to figure out how & where to start. They are walking around trying to hear any voices, and then, when they do, they will start digging there."  My first thought was, those poor parents.

I literally can't imagine.

It's a heart-wrenching senario.

I didn't know what to say here. I'm a processor. It takes me a little time.

Then, last night, in my car, I heard this song.


When the pieces seem to shatter
To gather off the floor
And all that seems to matter
Is I don't feel You anymore
No I don't feel You anymore.

I need a reason to sing.
I need a reason to sing.
I need to know that you're still holding
The whole world in Your hands.
I need a reason to sing.

And I thought, that's what so many people are thinking and feeling right now. Not just the one's affected by this tragedy, but so many more that I'm completely unaware of. Sickness, depression, abuse, death of a loved one... tragedy.

When I'm overcome by fear
And I hate everything I know
If this waiting lasts forever
I'm afraid I might let go
I'm afraid I might let go
Oh Oh Oh

I need a reason to sing.
I need a reason to sing.
I need to know that You're still holding
The whole world in Your hands.
I need a reason to sing.

The mommy's and daddy's who lost their children in this tragedy, the one's who lost their homes, many of them are crying out to God, struggling to understand this. Struggling to get through even just a moment. To take that next breath, that next step, to keep moving forward when everything they had is gone. The wait is hard and can seem endless.

Will there be a victory?
Will You sing it over me now?
Your peace is the melody.
Would You sing it over me now?

Will there be a victory?
Will you sing it over me now?
Your peace is the melody,
Would You sing it over me now?

I need a reason to sing.
I need a reason to sing.
I need to know that You're still holding
The whole world in Your hands.
That is a reason to sing.

But God can be trusted. Not because He promises to make everything better here on Earth -- He doesn't. But we can trust Him because He is who He says He is. And He loves us. And knows us. And hears us. He cares. He died for us. His passion pours out over us. And there will come a day when we will be restored to Him. And all this hurt stuff, it won't exist anymore.

He is who He says He is.

So I will sing sing sing to my God my King
For all else fades away
And I will love love love
With this heart You've made
For you've been good, always

So I will sing sing sing to my God my King
For all else fades away
And I will love love love
With this heart You've made
For You've been good, always!

You're good always

So I will sing sing sing to my God my King
For all else fades away
For I will love love love
With this heart You've made
For You've been good, always.

For You've been good, always.

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