She slipped the CD into my mailbox and drove away. When I found her gift, I cried quiet tears. For to be remembered by her, a gifted musician, with a gift of music, spoke to me of Jesus’ love for me. He’d been behind her thoughtful gift. He knew my pain. And so He prompted her, who knew and collected meaningful music, to give me the encouragement I now held in my hands. Then, as I listened to the treasure she’d left for me, tears flowed again — this time less quiet.
God used her hands and feet to deliver me the encouragement only His truth could give. I listened again and again to the two-hundred-year-old words set to a new, almost haunting melody. And since that day five years ago, each time I’ve heard John Newton’s old, truth-encapsulating words, they’ve reminded and reassured.
I’ve written before about Newton’s life and the powerful words he originally penned. But Sunday, when another lovely voice sang out the same words in my church’s service, my heart remembered the Spirit-prompted gift given to me all those years ago. And as I listened, I thanked Him. My heart was again captured. And I wanted to pass on the same gift — not as a mailbox-delivered CD, but in a downloadable format — to any of you who haven’t been ministered to by Newton’s words.
So for all of you dear ones out there who need to be reminded that your Lord never allows a moment of pain in your life without His gracious overarching purpose, I include this link to Indelible Grace’s version of Newton’s riveting words. After you click on the link, the third song, titled I asked the Lord, featuring Emily Deloach, is the one.
Listen and bask in your Lord’s love for you. Think on His purposeful commitment toward you. And as you listen, know I’ve prayed God will feed and steady your soul, as He has mine.