A Love That Will Not Let Go

A Love That Will Not Let Go

On the evening of his sister’s wedding, George Matheson sat alone in the parsonage. Totally blind by the age of 20, this Scottish preacher, author, and hymn writer, who lived from 1842 to 1906, was left to fend for himself, while the rest of his family spent the night in another town.

Born with poor eyesight, Dr. Matheson’s vision had gradually declined over the years until he lost it completely. His sister had always taken care of him and now that she was married, he would be without her.

While sitting there alone, he had a deep wrenching in his soul, a severe mental anguish, which he never confided the source to anyone. Part of the reason for his anguish may have been that, as his thoughts lingered on his sister’s wedding, he remembered the pain of having a sweetheart who, after hearing the doctor’s report that George would become totally blind by the age of 20, could not handle taking care of a blind man the rest of her life, so, she left him.

As he sat there that dark evening in anguish, a song welled up within him from that still, small voice of the Lord, which he quickly jotted down in five minutes time, composing all the stanzas, which included these beautiful words:

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

Though human love has the potential to disappoint and depart from us, God’s love will never let us go. He says, “I have loved you, O My people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to Me.” (Jer. 31:3 TLB)

On occasion, we tend to forget that God really does love us, that He is always present in our darkest hours, and that He has a purpose for everything, for He “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” (Eph. 1:11b NIV)

When we struggle with physical conditions and wonder why we are not healed, when we wrestle with circumstances beyond our control, when we suffer some heart-breaking pain, we would do well to remember the words of this blind preacher’s prayer:

I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses,
but never once for my ‘thorn’…
Teach me the glory of my cross;
teach me the value of my thorn.
Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain.
Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.

How many of us have this attitude in our darkest hours of affliction? How many times have we endured a trial or difficult period, all the while whining and complaining? How often do we thank God for those things He allows to remain in our lives, as Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

Have you thanked Him for all your disappointments, the slammed doors, the hurts, the answers to prayer He withheld from you, and asked that He would reveal His greater purpose and plan for you?

Just as Paul’s thorn, these prickly briers of life serve God’s purpose, when we rely on Him to show us that intended design. As we trust Him, every weight of a cross will bring glory to God, every thorn will disclose its value, every tear will convert to a rainbow, every Jordan barrier will become an open portal, every pit will have its golden nuggets, and every hill of difficulty will become a mount of deliverance.

Then, we can sing those beautiful words:

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2At time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

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  1. I have found your writing on this site Lynn- a feast for my thirsty soul-
    Your writing about not being healed YET is helpful, because I have lost a number of the most wonderful Christian friends to cancer, and i now others who have fibromyalgia.
    I have noticed that the suffering of Christians seems to bring about a purification, and that as sufferers like you press in to Jesus, they become like ” shining ones” giving off glory as Moses did when he saw God’s Glory go past him.
    God’s ways are not ours, for sure, and we will never truly understand why some seem to suffer so- yet it is common to all that we suffer in some way- the fellowship of His sufferings I call it.
    I am just SO THANKFUL that I do not have the constant physical pain you endure!
    I pray for your complete healing Lynn, and know that when we meet in heaven you will be dancing around completely pain free- and at that time all that we have endured will seen to have woven into a glorious picture of our lives- How we long for that day~!
    I thank God that you accepted His call to write as the Spirit directs,because the words you write are like manna from heaven for your readers.
    Have you considered putting a collection of your devotionals together into a book?
    I for one would be deeply blessed to own a copy to share with the wonderful prayer partners God has given me. They love the books I get from Christian writers around the world like Laura Boggess , Brenda Craig, Jeannie Pallett and Diane Bailey. Meanwhile I will print out 10 of your posts from this site to share with them all.
    Love,
    Mary.

    • Mary-Mary! Your words are the balm of angels! You are always a blessing. It is such an encouragement to me that my words touch your heart and you share them with others. Thank you, sweetie! And one of these days, I pray I’ll be able to send you a book, Mary. Bless you!

  2. Lovely and encouraging words, Lynn.

    I truly appreciate your spirit that longs after God’s Father-heart.

    Blessings and grace to you through Christ our Lord.

    Your sister in Him,

    Chana

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