Monday, November 1, 2010

Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you're weary, Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel, 1970

Life is hard. There is no doubt about it. It seems that there is always another hurdle to jump, always another problem. Our economy has so many out of jobs. It seems like more and more people are fighting cancer. School kids are bullied. And even problems that come as consequences of our own bad decisions. Big problems, little problems, lots of problems.

But then there is Jesus. He knows. He warned us, "In this world you will have trouble." But He went on to say, "I have overcome the world." And Jesus lay down his life for us, on the cross, to overcome this world so that we may have eternal life in the next. Our lives are troubled. But Jesus came like a bridge over troubled water. "I will lay me down."

So when you're weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, HE will dry them all. HE's on your side, when times get rough and friends just can't be found...when evening falls so hard, HE will comfort you....HE'll take your part when darkness comes, and pain is all around.

The lyrics of this song form a beautiful picture of the healing that comes with Jesus. Yes, we will have troubled water, but if we follow Jesus, he will lead us to quiet water in this life, and give us living water for the next.

Musical Musings:
1. Psalm 23 promises Jesus will lead us to quiet water and restore our soul. If your facing troubled waters today, try to look to Jesus and his quiet water.
2. The "Woman the Well" was experiencing hard times, perhaps from her own bad decisions. Yet, Jesus still offered her living water. How does that encourage you, if your troubled waters are because of mistakes you have made?
3. Revelation 7:17 promises "the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Look forward today to the time of God wiping every tear from your eyes. He will.

Dear Lord - thank you for being our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Help us feel your presence in a real and solid way as we struggle through the troubles of this life, and fill us with your living water so that we can be with you forever. Thank you for being that bridge over troubled water, and laying yourself down to give us eternal life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Rock on: Read the story of the woman at the well, found in John 4.

Listen to the lyrics of Bridge Over Troubled Water performed by Michael W. Smith by clicking the link or watching here on my blog.

Chatty Kelly


Cindy Currier said...

Beautiful, Kelly. Thank you for this post. It is when times are rough that we have the opportunity to really experience Jesus' presence.

Ronel Sidney said...

great song and great post!!

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CPT said...

The song was great by itself, but you have elevated it with your excellent devotional writing style. The waters of life can be wide - and deep - and cold - and lonely. He is the only true bridge. Thank you for this writing.

My ADHD Me said...

You just took a song that I really liked and made it into one that I love. I going to steal it for today's guest star (hopefully I'll be able to link it to you this time).

Seriously, it was really a great song...but now it is a "feel great " song!


Sue J. said...

Revelation tells us that the true Christian IS an OVERCOMER. That's the message of being faithful in following Christ. Not that we are capable of doing this on our own, no sir!

And, even though Christ is the ultimate bridge--closing the gap of sin between us and God--we can be bridges of support for our "neighbors" in their times of trouble. Such a powerful song!

2Thinks said...

Very nice. I hadn't heard Michael W.'s version before. As always, loved the devotional.