It happened again.
It’s a long haul from Beaverton to Sudbury – 307 K to be exact – and driving is certainly not one of my favorite things to do. However, my daughter, grandson and very-soon-to-be-son-in-law live in the Sudbury area and it was definitely time for another visit. It was actually a really nice day for a drive – the sun was shining and the roads were clear. My husband had stocked the car with CDs and I had stocked the car with chocolate so I was good to go.
Google had told me to go one way and the GPS had tempted me to take a short cut so I completely missed my exit and ended up stopping at a gas station to find my bearings. When the gas attendant discovered that I was living in Beaverton, he was convinced that I should know a friend of his who lived in that area, so convincing him otherwise took some time. The wrong turn and the long discussion changed my estimated time of arrival in Sudbury. I jumped back into the car, pumped up the music and headed north.
Then it happened – Chris Tomlin singing “Unfailing Love.”
The lyrics of this song moved me to tears. Again. I had to pull to the side of the road. Again. The same thing happened a couple of months ago, on a return trip from Sudbury.
When I think about all the times that I have loved poorly or not loved at all, it grieves my heart. When I reflect upon those times when profound loneliness has gripped me, it triggers painful memories. There have been agonizing moments when I have felt hopeless BUT because of His unfailing love, I have been able to choose Hope. I have hung onto Him but by a thread but He has hung onto me with a strong hand. How beautiful is His unfailing love. He is a Rock.
Scripture encourages us to “remember when”. It’s humbling to think about where I have been and empowering to think about where God has brought me. I don’t ever want to forget those moments when I was “lying in the dust” (Psalm 119: 25) but I don’t need to stay there either. When I am reminded of His faithfulness and love for me, (which happens in unexpected ways and at unexpected times) I want to slow down, pull over to the side of the road and be overwhelmed with His presence. Then life continues to unfold, I put my seat belt on and head back onto the highways of life.
This song really moves me. Allow God to move you.