When Staring at God Becomes Singing

I have no idea what kind of season you find yourself in today. I have no knowledge of your burdens or your suffering. But I’m coming to you with words that I hope will embolden your heart to live.

Yesterday was Sunday and I can imagine that some of you were too sad to sing. And maybe you wrestled with keeping silent. Perhaps it wasn’t anger that held you quiet, rather weariness for the valley you’d been asked to walk. You wanted to cry out to God, but where was your strength? Your heart knew God as Hope alone, but hard feelings spread through you anyway. So you just stood there.

For some reason, I’ve found the hymn Like a River Glorious to be so comforting. I’m not particularly fond of the tune, but the words work their way through my heart these days.

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Sometimes, you’re too sad to sing, too confused to speak, and too burdened to lift your head up. And so maybe all you can do is stare at God with wide open eyes and look on His peace, His strength, and His love. Maybe all you can do is keep quiet until you’ve cried out to God and claimed His Rest as your own. Maybe, the crying looks like silent fighting for truth, maybe it looks like fragmented prayers, or perhaps it’s simply begging God for the strength to move forward & sing.

When you choose God, the Rest will come. You don’t have to understand what you’re feeling, or wrap up your emotions in pretty little paper before coming to God for rest. Come to God and it’s OK if you can’t sing the hymn, if the tears fall freely, or if your prayers are too jumbled to make any sense at all.

Just come
and come
and come again.

Sometimes, staring at God is all you can do, and that will be enough until your heart finds courage and rest in Him again. And like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace! In God, you will find your voice again. In God, you will know what to do with your messy emotions. In God, you will be emboldened to live in the full JOY that He has given.

Look to God with your weary eyes wide open..and wait for His Rest to wash through you again. And suddenly, you’ll be able to shout with a voice that barely existed just days ago.

These are the miracles that God works within a heart—

He turns staring into singing
And silence into shouting.

Do not be discouraged if today all you can seem to do is stare at Who God is and wait with great expectation for His deep rest, courage, and joy. Be His child, because you are His child. Depend on Him for everything.

Soon, He will turn your staring into singing and your silence into shouting. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace! And those who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly TRUE. 



Song of the Weary

She Was Mad at God

You Have Permission to Be Brave




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