39) Sometimes Miracles Hide

Cover of "Sometimes Miracles Hide"

     Bruce Carroll is a multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist.  He is also the worship leader at his church.  In 1992 Carroll recorded the song “Sometimes Miracles Hide” which he had written with C. Aaron Wilburn.  The song tells the story of a pregnant couple who learn from tests that “things aren’t right.”  They were “badly shaken,” but they move past the disappointment and fear, and eventually learn that God “wraps some blessings in disguise.”  It is a wonderful song, and it has touched the lives of many people who have special needs children.  Many of these folks wrote Carroll to tell their story and thank him for his song.  In 1999 Carroll published several of these letters in a book also called “Sometimes Miracles Hide.”  In today’s meditation there is a video of the song and the lyrics.  Upcoming meditations will contain letters from the book.  You may hear the song and watch a video at:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=9JJ9MCNU

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SOMETIMES MIRACLES HIDE
By Bruce Carroll and C. Aaron Wilburn

They were so excited, it was coming to be
Two people so in love, now soon there would be three.
For many years they’d planned it
Now it would soon be true.
She was picking out the pink clothes
He was looking at the blue.

The call came unexpected,
The doctor had bad news.
Some tests came back and things weren’t right
He said, ‘You’re going to have to choose
I’ll wait a week for your decision.’
Then the words cut like a knife,
‘I’m sure everyone will understand
If you want to take it’s life.’

Though they were badly shaken
They just had no choice.
They knew God creates no accidents
And they were sure they had His voice saying
‘Sometimes miracles hide
God will wrap some blessings in disguise
You may have to wait a lifetime
To see the reasons with your eyes
‘Cause sometimes miracles hide.’

It seemed before they knew it
The appointed day arrived.
With eager apprehension
They could hardly hold inside.
The first time they laid eyes on her
Confirmed the doctor’s fears,
But they held on to God’s promises
‘Cause they were sure they both could hear,
‘Sometimes miracles hide
God will wrap some blessings in disguise
You may have to wait a lifetime
To see the reasons with your eyes
‘Cause sometimes miracles hide.’

Though she was not like the other girls
They thought she was the best.
And through all the years of struggle
Neither whispered one regret.
On the first day that she started school
And took her first bus ride
They remembered the words that God had spoke
And they both broke down and cried.

See, to them it did not matter
Why some things in life take place
They just knew the joy they felt
When they looked into her face.

Sometimes miracles hide
They say, “God has wrapped our blessing in disguise
We may have to wait this lifetime
To see the reasons with our eyes
But we know sometimes miracles hide”

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Hebrews 4:16  —  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

II Corinthians 9:8  —  God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

II Corinthians 4:7-9  —  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

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Make my life a happy one, O Lord…
     Not by shielding me from sorrow and pain, but by strengthening me to bear it if it comes.
     Not by taking hardship from me, but by taking all cowardice and fear from my heart as I meet hardships.
     Not by making my path easy, but by making me sturdy enough to tread any path.
     Not by granting unbroken sunshine, but by keeping my face bright even in the shadows.
     Not by making my life always pleasant, but by showing me where others need me most and by making me zealous to be there and to help…
God, make my life a happy one.  Amen.     –source unknown