MORE THAN A SONG

Like so many of you, I’ve been looking for something tangible to cling to during this quarantine. The last two weeks have felt like months and it seems bad news has flooded our lives each day. In this search for hope I keep coming back to the song Way Maker. Most of you know it as the new song churches have been singing the last couple months. Our family has played it many times over the past couple weeks. We were driving in the car the other day and I looked back and my (nearly) two-year-old was singing every word to the chorus. That moment brought more depth to this song.

I’ve not been drawn to this song because of the melody but because of its deep richness and truth of scripture. The chorus shakes out like this:

You are
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness, my God
That is who You are
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness, my God
That is who You are

These aren’t just titles thrown around without reason. Jesus proves to be the ultimate way maker to God. Jesus says in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the miracle worker. Pick a miracle, any miracle. Turning water into wine was His first public miracle. Then we saw Lazarus brought back to life, the lame walked, the blind were given sight, and many more. His name has always held power and that will never change – pandemic or not.

Perhaps my favorite part of the chorus is the line of Him being light in the darkness. I’ll admit, in my personal life, there have been some good things to come from this quarantine time. More family time, less worry about little things. But stepping back and looking at the big picture, I feel like we’re in darkness.

Covid-19 cases climbing, deaths following, separation of loved ones, lives disrupted – and all this without any clue to an ending point. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? How much more will go on? At the risk of sounding like a child, “are we there, yet?”

John starts his gospel describing Jesus and how He’s been with God since the beginning of time and speaking to all the power He has. Then he finishes up his description of Jesus with this in John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

The darkness can never extinguish it? No amount of uncertainty, anxiety, death, disrupted schedule – no amount of March 2020 darkness – can extinguish it? No. Jesus is the light in the darkness and honestly that is my hope. That is what I’m clinging to.

There’s another part of the song that helps propel my faith. The bridge of the song repeats this:

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working

There have certainly been moments I have not seen or felt God working during this time. But then I remember that God is God, and I am not. A huge part of following Jesus is trusting and having faith. Even when it doesn’t make sense to me; even when it seems there is chaos, and no one is in control – He is in control.

So, I take a step back, take a deep breath, and trust. Jesus is the light in the darkness and nothing has, and nothing will, overcome Him.

If you need some help trusting and finding hope during this time, then keep playing this song that is wrapped up in Biblical truth. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It happens to be Jesus and no darkness can shut Him out.

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, IL