4 years ago I woke up knowing that it would be a scary and, hopefully, wonderful day. My labor was going to be induced with my son Jonah. I had a history of a partial abruption, so I was scared for my life and the life of my child. In addition, in not quite the middle of my pregnancy, I was accidentally given a medication that could be very harmful to the baby. There were a lot of complications during my pregnancy so there was a lot of fear and anxiety (including just the normal stuff that I would be giving birth!). Somehow, I was able to sleep the night before. We had set our alarm for the morning so that it would wake us up with music instead of the annoying buzzer. Craig turned over as the alarm came on and said, “Listen to what song is playing.” It was the song, “He Will Carry Me” by Mark Schulz. The peace that surpasses all understanding came over me and I knew that whatever this day would hold, whether it be full of just wonderful blessings or whether some of my worst fears would happen, that the promise is that God will be with me no matter what, carrying me through.
Jonah was born at 3:05 p.m. and with only a little breathing difficulty was perfect. I thank God for this wonderful little boy!
Since then, there have definitely been those “valley” times in my life. I have clung to the promises that this song sings about. We are not promised a life where everything will be easy (and quite frankly there are times when it seems unbearable) but God has promised to see us through the storms. I hope that you will all feel the sustaining presence of God whether you are walking through a time of great joy or great sorrow.
Mark Schulz: He Will Caryy Me