Fighting Hard for Joy

Friday is for Heart Songs

Biking in Portland ORWent for a 27 mile bike ride today. The wind was difficult but not brutal on East and South directions, passable moving West and helpful moving north. The trip put me at 633 miles for the summer, 67 miles short of my goal of 700 before the end of September.

But this trip was more an opportunity to think and pray than it was to exercise and make progress on my goal. Half of the my time I was crying out to God for my family, for my children, for my own soul. More than a few of those miles I was fighting back tears along with the wind. Disclosure:  Prayers are common on my rides. Tears less so.

I have been struggling for days about some news in my family that, frankly, crushes my spirit. There is no bounce in my step, no excitement in my work. In the midst of the week, I found an old CD by Wayne Watson (Field of Souls) and stumbled upon song after song that captured my thoughts almost perfectly (“Class of ’95,” “Wait a Little Longer,” and the “Field of Souls” all hit me hard). 

I’m fighting for joy, fighting hard.

And I’m thanking God for a wife to fight the battle with. She knows my heart, knows when to be quiet and wait, when to speak and when to reach out with hug. I’m a blessed man. 

What is helping me win the battle?

Preaching the Gospel to my soul.

  • Jesus is Lord  (Romans 10:9; Acts 15:11)
  • God is our Father (Luke 11:2)
  • Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth  (Matthew 28:18)
  • My Lord and Savior has not suddenly become impotent (Luke 6:1-11)
  • My Redeemer lives and intercedes  (Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:25)

14  Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Overwhelmed by our Great High Priest.  Counting on and encouraged by His intercession.

Wait a Little Longer  (Audio file)

Songwriters:     WAYNE WATSON
Published by:    Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.


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