The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley if You want me to
‘Cause I’m not who I was when I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to You
Then I will go through the fire if You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When You lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone
So when the whole world turns against me and I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the darkness if You want me to…
Songwriters: OWENS GINNY / MATTHEWS KYLE DAVID
What if the Lord asked you to go through life blind?
It could be a physical blindness or just the inability to see the answers you seek.
What if He asked you to live the rest of your life without your spouse or without a child?
What if you had some type of chronic illness and you continue to wait for healing?
What limits do we have on a list, deep in our mind, that we would not want to do, even if it was God’s plan?
What if it served a greater purpose…for your growth, for someone’s salvation, for the kingdom or just to bring glory to Jesus?
Would you walk through the fire?
Would you walk through the darkness?
Can you trust where God is leading, even when you cannot see the way?
It’s easy to be a Christian when we’re getting by mostly on our own strength and resources.
Your Paul and Silas moment comes when control is ripped away from your hands… when you’re chained in the inner circle of the most secure prison, in conditions that are inhumane – after you have been beaten and broken.
You could be at the lowest of lows with no hope in sight and absolutely no chance of rescue.
Sing some more.
“Great is our God!”
“Who is like You, O Lord?”
“Thank You for sending Your Son!”
“Thank You for saving a wretch like me.”
“You are Wonderful! Powerful! Omnipotent! Glorious! Everlasting!”
“Holy! Holy! Holy is the Lord Almighty! Who was and is and is to come!”
(chains fall to the floor)
Your location and circumstances haven’t immediately changed, but you can be free, rejoicing and joyful in that inner prison – only when you set your mind on things above – and not on things below.
Because you were beaten and shackled in that prison, a man witnessed the glory of God in your singing.
He noticed you were praising your God in the midst of a terrible situation.
He wanted to know why and how…
He was saved! And his whole household was saved! They will all spend eternity with Jesus because you walked through the fire and the darkness, praising the Lord all the way.
If you want me to…
If You Want Me To lyrics © Universal Music – Mgb Songs, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publ., Universal Music Mgb Songs, Universal Music Brentwood Benson Publishing
After I wrote this, I flipped my desk calendar for today…