God’s Faithfulness

Light streamed in through tiny stain glass windows. One of the longest days of the year, the sun was still bright at 8 PM. It was the last night at Bible Study Fellowship. Share night.

We sang. Not with perfect pitch, but eager hearts. One hymn stood out.

“Great is Thy faithfulness O God, our Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

The song had a history with me. It was my senior year of college and my life hadn’t turned out like I thought. My future lay ahead of me like an unknown roadmap. Relationships had changed, and soon my address would change. I pondered these thoughts as I plodded around the college running track. With each step I uttered one syllable.

Par-don-for-sin-and-a-peace-that-en-dur-eth-Thine-own-Dear-pre-sence-to-cheer-and-to-guide-strength-for-to-day-and-bright-hope-for-to-mor-row-bles-sings-are-mine-with-ten-thou-sand-be-sides.

Tears spilled onto my cheeks and off into the wind that day over thirty years ago.

My life journey didn’t run neatly around a college track. There were detours, stops, and a few falls. But the song rang true. God was faithful.

As I listened to 300 women sing that hymn I thought about the ladies in my group. One lost her job. On woman’s husband was in remission for leukemia while her fresh-out-of-college son struggled with cancer and a failed marriage. I watched as they sang the hymn with abandon.

Last year a lady received a call that her son had died of an overdose. As I left the church that evening, I passed a woman who’s daughter died about eight years ago at the age of eighteen.

They were running a different track from mine with more obstacles. Yet, they progressed. Even gave God the glory.

I thought of that as the women sang. All with different stories, yet God was and is and will be faithful to every single one of them.

Because that’s just the kind of God He is.

Faithful.

Over these thirty plus years, He’s given me His strength for each day and I do have bright hope for tomorrow. It’s not how I envisioned it as a college senior. It’s better. It’s eternal. It’s supernatural.

It’s heavenly.

Look up the words to that song, friend. And worship our faithful God.

 

 

 

2 Comments on "God’s Faithfulness"

  1. carrie williamson says:

    Pauline ~ Your writings are so beautiful. You have such a gift with your words and have truly blessed
    me, thank you.

  2. Pauline Hylton says:

    Hey Carrie. Good to hear from you. Thanks

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