Within a few short days I became keenly aware that many lives would be forever changed because of the tragic bus crash of a bus from Colonial Hills Baptist Church. I also knew that God has sparked a flame of revival that was beginning to ignite little fires all across the globe. Even with this knowledge words escaped me. What do you say when your world is turned upside down? I knew that God had chosen this trial for a reason and it was becoming apparent that God was using it to change lives for his glory and yet I simply had no words. It was in the midst of this turmoil that I first heard the words to the hymn “I Am With You” penned by Chris Anderson. This hymn seemed to be speaking what I had for so long been trying to say.
I am with you, says the Father;
Through the floods, I calm and keep.
Though the swelling waves surround you,
I surround the waters deep.
Fear not, loved one; feel My presence.
You will never be alone.
Trust me, loved one; you are precious.
You are Mine—My very own.
I am with you, says the Savior,
Even to the age’s end.
Never leaving, nor forsaking,
I’m your ever-present Friend.
Fear not, loved one; hear My comfort:
None can pluck you from My hand.
Trust me, loved one; I am constant:
None can change what I have planned.
I am with you, says the Spirit,
There is nowhere you can flee.
Neither height nor depth can hide you;
Every place is home to Me.
Fear not, loved one; hear My witness:
You are God’s own child and heir.
Trust me, loved one; hear My whisper:
With you—in you!—I am here.
Come be with Me, says the Master,
Greeting hopeful, homesick eyes.
I was with you through your journey;
Be with Me in paradise.
Fear not, loved one; know My promise:
I will surely, quickly come.
Trust me, loved one; know My purpose:
I will bring you safely home.
The hymn was sung at the funeral of my brother, sister-in-law, and baby girl and has since been dedicated to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in memory of the grief that the church carries after losing four people in that tragic bus crash.
Posted by Caleb