The Promise

Where's God in the Midst of Tragedy?
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It’s easy

to feel removed from it all. The news is something that we all watch and as we continue to see more and more horrific things, I think we tend to grow accustomed to them. When I heard about the CT tragedy, I was shocked and baffled at how someone could be so senseless.  Lives were torn apart, families are devastated and a community is broken…. but it didn’t REALLY hit me. My heart hurt for everyone affected but it wasn’t until I was driving up to my parent’s house a few nights ago that it really GOT to me. I was listening to the christian radio station and thinking about the parents that will never see their precious children again.

WHY?! Gosh, Why did it have to be CHILDREN? And why SO MANY? I don’t have answers… and I never will. I don’t know why these horrible things happen, but I do know this….God is a good God… even in the midst of this.  I don’t know what you believe and this is obviously my opinion.  I know deep down that God is FOR us… but we live in a broken world…and when something like this happens, it’s easy to forget the promises He’s given to us. So in light of everything that has happened, I thought a little reminder of what God has promised us would be appropriate. This is a song I’ve known since I was young. My mom has these words printed and framed in their bedroom as a daily reminder… I hope this blesses you and that you’re reminded that we’re not alone……

I never said that I would give you silver or gold
Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold
But I did say you’d never walk through this world alone
And I did say, don’t make this world your home
I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night
Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight
But I did say I’d be right there by your side
And I did say I’ll always help you fight
 
‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
My grace will be sufficient in every time of need
And my love will be the anchor that you can hold onto
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you
I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you
Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
But I did say like me you’ll surely be despised
And I did say my ways confound the wise
 
I didn’t say you’d never taste the bitter kiss of death
Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest
But I did say I’d be waiting right on the other side
And I did say I’ll dry every tear you cry
‘Cause you know I made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
And some day sooner than you think you’ll see me face to face
And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you
 
So just keep on walkin’, don’t turn to the left or right
And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light
That hell can’t separate us and you’re gonna make it through
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you
- The Martins, “The Promise”

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  1. Sharon Elizabeth: ( )

    In a world where incorporating God into our businesses is considered a ‘bad thing’ — I love that there are still a few of us who …. don’t really care…. about what the world says… and I love you for being one of those people!!!

  2. Sharon: ( )

    Thank you.

  3. Beth: ( )

    Clinging to God’s promises in the midst of this broken world… That’s all we can do sometimes. My heart absolutely breaks for those dealing with this tragedy firsthand, and truthfully AWFUL things happen all the time, all over the world. I’m SO grateful for a God who is there to wrap His arms around people facing tough times if they turn to Him. Thank you for the boldness that you proclaim your faith, Katelyn.

  4. Amanda Truth: ( )

    You’re so right, in a broken world it’s so easy to forget. Thank you a million times over for the reminder.

  5. jamie: ( )

    thank you for sharing this Katelyn. This topic is SO hard to write about, I appreciate you opening up and this poem is SO true and touching.

  6. Lydia: ( )

    Amen. Sometimes we just have to trust in His promises. He never fails!

  7. Vanessa Chupp: ( )

    Katelyn, you have such a sweet heart. Thanks for sharing this all important reminder. : )

  8. Kimber Wassenberg: ( )

    Such a good post! I have had a hard time relating to the CT families too because I’ve never went through something like that. When we had the VA Tech shooting it felt much more personal because it was just a few hours from where I live and because I knew people who were going there at the time. Something about disaster being closer to your home turf makes it seem so much more real.
    That poem was amazingly beautiful…thanks for sharing and not worrying about people thinking you’re a “Jesus freak”. :)

  9. Mallory: ( )

    LOVE these lyrics! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Carrie Logan: ( )

    i love these words and your heart.

  11. Michelle: ( )

    I think this is great. I had a post typed up about this and I just didn’t think it made the point that I was trying to make like this does (so I deleted it). I have always struggled with why bad things happen like this. I just focus on Romans 8:28 and “lean not on my own understanding,” but I feel that these words do not convey the hope we have to unbelievers. So thank you for these words that I can share :)

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