If You Want Me To

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 if…anything?

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.

Praise.

Pray.

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


Acts 16:16-40 New International Version (NIV)

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.


After I wrote this, I flipped my desk calendar for today…