I love the Newsboys. They are a Contemporary Christian rock group from Australia. I first heard their songs back in 1994. They have one song called Stay Strong that brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it.
It relates to the Children of Israel wandering in the wilderness with Moses. The lyrics say we are not lost – but warn that we must follow God’s dawning light. He provides the clouds by day and the burning sky at night to protect us and guide us. It warns for us to not discount the blessings He has already provided and grumble for more. It says to stay strong in our faith. The song asks if we believers have forgotten who we are and who’s trip we are on. That is when I tear up.
So often I feel as if I am wandering in the desert, searching for God’s promises and not sure if I am only seeing mirages. I want to get to the Promised Land in my timing. Yet, God has lessons for me to learn along the way, and I need to realize there can be joy in the journey. But most of all, I must be thankful for His provisions along the way and not grumble like an ungrateful child about what I am not yet received. Father knows best.
When we give our lives to Christ, He leads us out of Egypt (the corrupt world) and sets us on a new path. But like the children of Israel, it takes a lifetime to unlearn what the world has taught us – if I want it to be done right, I must do it myself. I can’t depend on others. The one with the most toys, win. You have to watch out for number one. What’s in it for me? It’s a dog eat dog world.
Change, even for the best, is tough. The unfamiliar is scary. But, when doubts begin to creep into the edges of your faith, recall what the Newsboys sing – and remember whose trip you are now on. Your Heavenly Father has plans for you. Your life experiences are preparing you for greater things. Recall what He has already blessed you with on this trek.
As they sing in the chorus of Stay Strong, there is further to go and the race can be won, so we must get up and keep going. Following our Lord is worth every step along the way.