After a midnight trip to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, our little boy was taken into surgery very early this morning with extreme swelling and pain in his abdomen. At the time, we didn’t know what the problem was and we were given a range of potential problems that ranged from reasonably serious through to potentially life-threatening.
I was angry, frightened and hopeful all at once. As we sat in the Parents Waiting Room, the early morning sun started to shine through the window and a song entered my head,
“The Sun come up, it’s a new day dawning, it’s time to sing Your song again.”
But that wasn’t the line that really hit me,
“Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes.”
I was challenged. With the uncertainty of the day and my little boy, could I really sing the words,
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul, Worship His Holy Name.
Sing like never before, O my soul. Worship His Holy Name.”
A couple of hours later, we received good news that Angus will be ok. He’s got a journey of recovery ahead of him, but he will be ok. Thank God!
But, what if the news hadn’t been so good? Could I still be singing when the evening came?
Tonight, I held Angus in my arms and it occurred to me that over 2000 years ago, Mary and Joseph held a baby in their arms, with all the same uncertainty and worries. This little baby, though God Incarnate, was as frail as my little Angus.
In a way that we cannot possibly understand, Jesus “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8)
The promise of the Gospel, and the key to being able to “sing when the evening comes” is not that our lives will be easy once we become Christians or that we will be free from suffering and pain. The key is knowing that we have a Saviour who since he “has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” (Hebrews 2:18)
Jesus has redeemed our lives, our futures, our dreams, our priorities, our relationships and even our trials on the Cross. And by His resurrection, we have hope and confidence and life!
So, tonight, I am singing “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” Join me in this song!