I pass along a song for you to reflect on this week, as we remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. It was written by William Cowper, born in England in 1731, became a believer in 1764, became a good friend of John Newton(who wrote “Amazing Grace and other hymns), he lived a hard life filled with what he described as “seasons of madness.” Afflicted throughout his life with periods of depression, several times he tried to commit suicide. I encourage you to look him up and read more about his life, for it is a reminder that for us who live in-between the Resurrection of Jesus and His glorious Re-Appearance, life can be difficult, even overwhelming at times. But as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. No matter what difficulties you are facing, remember: “God is with you,” and “nothing can separate you from the love of God.” And may you find comfort and encouragement from the words of William Cowper, who experienced great troubles and perplexities during his life.
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.