July 15, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
“The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reasons 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’ll 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 sufferin’ Your love put You through
And I will walk through the darkness
If You want me to.”
God allows trials in our lives to strengthen us, and it’s our choice how we respond. If we do our best to hang in there and run the race so as to win the prize, then we’ll reach the reward when God says the time is right.
My family has been through some trials over the past few years and I’ve never sought God so much in my entire life! Many people believed my marriage and my family wouldn’t be able to handle the strain, and yet by His grace we are now stronger than ever.
This year God is starting to bring the blessings to fruition, with my books being published, my husband’s recent promotion, and so much more. Yet I never want to forget where He brought me from.
I once heard an interview with Ginny Owens talking about how difficult it was to find a job because she’s blind. The words to her song were as if I wrote them myself and have been my prayer for several years. (To hear her sing it, click here.)
“When I cross over Jordan, I’m gonna sing, I’m gonna shout!
I’m gonna look into Your eyes and see You never let me down.
So lead me on the pathway that leads me home to You.
I’ll walk through the valley if You want me to.”