One Thing I Know

He is the LIght at the end of our tunnel

I had been a Christian for over ten years before I really began to get grounded in the bible—God’s words of life and truth. And it happened as I was coming out of a season of  postpartum depression. It had seemed so dark for so long. My husband and my closest friends prayed faithfully for me and loved me through the silent storm.

And then slowly I could see a faint light at the end of the tunnel.

God’s words in the bible were what helped me to come out of the darkness and into the light. I began to hunger and thirst for His truths. My shaky foundation, built upon my own hard work and striving (even as a Christian), was slowly being replaced with a true foundation—Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

God knew what He was doing. He always does. His timing was perfect. I needed a strong foundation for what was coming down the road. Little did I know that I was about to experience one of the most heartbreaking losses of my life. I had already lost my older brother when he was 19. And my mom when she was 43.

And then the unthinkable happened. I lost my younger brother Tim. He was 31. And, oh, how I loved him.

So there I was. I felt like my heart had been wrenched from my body. I couldn’t imagine growing old without Tim. For an instant I questioned God’s goodness and wisdom. But God had been planting my feet on solid ground. With his help and by his grace, I stood. It was a time of deep sorrow, but there was no darkness. For God's light had overcome the darkness. Because of the hope I had in Jesus, even in the midst of tears and aching, I was able to write these words and put them to music.

"I am loved with an everlasting love

And underneath are the everlasting arms

I am loved by the One who gave His only Son

I am loved with an everlasting love

I am known by the one who knows all

I am watched by a tender, loving eye

I need not fear the darkest night

For the one who is the light

Watches me with a tender, loving eye

Jesus, my Redeemer, has bought me with a price and I am His

And there’s one thing that I know

He will never let me go

I am loved with an everlasting love

One day I’ll see my Savior face to face

I’ll hear His voice telling me I’m finally home

And I will be forevermore with the one whom I adore

The one who loves me with an everlasting love"

“My hope IS built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

There have been people and things that have been sweet “frames” to me. I’ve tried to build my hopes on them. But they can’t hold up under the weight of the brokenness of this life. Only Christ can do that. So I rest on Him, knowing that I am loved with an everlasting love.

Have you built your hope on God alone? Or have you trusted in “sweet frames” to be your rock and foundation. Ask God to show you where you might be building on shaky ground. He longs to be your rock, your fortress and your deliverer; the one in whom you take refuge. (Psalm 18:2)

Click below to listen to "One Thing I Know."