A CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN WITH A STORY…

by tklicka on April 9, 2011

I’ve been singing this song all week…ever since Laura Story  led worship at our church this past Sunday. If you’ve never heard the name Laura Story, just think “Indescribable” or “Mighty to Save” and you’ve got two of her most famous songs. Her contributions to Christian music are rich and deep, not just because God has given her a wonderful gift, but also because she has walked in the valley of the shadow of death and is well acquainted with suffering and yet faithfully testifies in her lyrics how God is worthy of our trust and praise.

I met her last year when she came to our church retreat and shared only briefly about losing my husband Chris after 15 difficult years with MS. She probably doesn’t even remember talking to me, but I remember her story of her husband’s ongoing journey with a brain tumor which he was diagnosed with just a year-and-a-half into their marriage.

She shared that while God has brought a great amount of healing, Martin isn’t completely healed. They still have struggles, but in the midst of it all, she openly expresses that God is 100% powerful and 100% loving, which she says should seem like 100% healing. It doesn’t, and they still have questions and wonder at God’s ways. I know just how she feels.

It is said that out of the deepest anguish and hardest trials God brings forth the fragrant beauty of the grace of Christ and a strong, resilient faith in the power of His atoning death and resurrection that many Christians miss living a life of ease. That is Laura’s story:

“What the Lord is teaching me is…sometimes God gives us what we need and not what we want. Sometimes He lets us stay broken in ways that we might not feel comfortable with or expect; it’s like that shattered vessel that His light can beam through. The way God radiates His light through Martin through his disability…it’s like a perfect picture of faith.”

Laura Story is still waiting for her dear husband’s healing, and I journey on alone without my dear husband because God has brought him complete healing in heaven, yet we both have much to rejoice and hope in because Christ is risen and has conquered death and the grave!

We might not ever meet again, Laura, but you are a kindred spirit nonetheless, and I am so grateful for the way the Lord is using your brokenness to bring life in Jesus to many of us!

May this song minister deeply to you, friends (note: have tissues handy!)

LYRICS FROM “BLESSINGS”

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

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