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Walk On Through The Storm

I had a dream this morning (1/14/15).  In my dream, I see a music instructor and a violin.  One of my children picks up the violin to play, but it has broken strings and can’t be played.

Then I see that my daughter Abigail is about to give a recital.  Her violin instructor is accompanying her.  But they are not playing their violins.  Rather, they are both playing pianos and singing.

Abigail is singing soprano and her instructor is singing alto.  They are singing a song that I am vaguely familiar with, perhaps from my childhood.  The words and tune are clear, “…walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain…..”.   In a high soprano voice,  Abigail holds out the word “high”  as they sing the  final line “hold your head up high…”.

We applaud. I am amazed at how well she held out the high note singing the word “high,” and I begin to wake up.

It was a beautiful dream. I believe God is speaking something to me through it.

Anyone that knows my daughter Abigail knows that her life has pretty well revolved around playing her violin during the past few years.  The broken violin at the start of the dream along with her playing piano and singing for a recital instead of playing her violin seems to be speaking about some type of disruption or change coming soon.

It speaks to me of seeming disappointments. Things we hold very dear to us in this life may be broken and replaced by something else.

Something higher. Something better.

An emphasis on “hold your head up high” speaks to me of setting our gaze Heavenward.  When Abigail sang this line and held out the word “high” for a long time, it was beautiful.  There was joy and gladness in our  hearts.

At our family devotion time I shared my dream and sang the portion of the song that I heard in it. Abigail recognized the tune but did not know the lyrics. She had played it a few months ago in  the Salina Symphony for a concert.   And her string quartet is also planning to play an arrangement of the song for an upcoming event.

I googled the song and found the lyrics and history.”You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune  from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’.

The song is often sang as an encouragement in the midst of a difficult time. It has been sung by many singers over the years.  Something interesting I read is that the song was sung by Barbara Streisand at a surprise appearance at the close of the 2001 Emmy Awards, in honor of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks.  And again it was sung at a concert marking the first anniversary of 9/11.  It was also sung for the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

Here are the lyrics:

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

[Verse]
When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
[Chorus]
Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
The song was written for a musical based on lies. The main character in Carousel committed suicide. He was allowed to return to earth for one day to fix the mess he had made – a story based on lies.

 

The song itself is beautiful and represents hope in the midst of a storm.  We will never walk alone as long as we are walking with the LORD – Yahweh.  Hope in anyone or anything else is a false hope and probably based on lies.

Jesus Christ/ Yahshua Messiah is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.

A storm is coming.  We have been expecting it for years.  As believers in Jesus Christ, let us fix our eyes upon Him and set our hope fully in Him.

 As we walk through the coming storm, let us hold our heads up high, and trust completely in our Savior.

And Great will be their Peace!

Okay, here it goes. Blogging …

I’ve been a homeschool mom for over 22 years — over 24 years if preschool counts.  But we didn’t officially consider ourselves homeschooling until my firstborn was in kindergarten. That was 1992. We knew God was leading us to home educate our children, but it was such a new idea… a strange idea to most. We set out with few resources and little support.

Facing me every day was my fear of failure.  Fear of my inabilities to properly prepare my children in what they needed to succeed in this world. My fear of failure was huge. But one thing gave me hope. It was a promise from the LORD.

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Is. 54:13)

I hung on to this promise over the years. When I felt like quitting, the LORD often reminded me of His promise.

Still, oftentimes I felt defeated by this giant of fear of failure.

Once, when I felt especially discouraged, the LORD corrected me. I came down with a very painful sore throat. In seeking the LORD for His healing touch, He brought me to a passage in His word.  “Their throat is an open tomb.” Ps. 5:9.  The Holy Spirit convicted my heart.”Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” He told me that I was speaking death to my homeschooling. My throat was an open tomb. I repented of my attitude and words of death that I had been speaking about my homeschooling.  And the LORD healed me. Instantly.  My horrible sore throat was gone.

Over time, I chose to agree with what His word says instead of agreeing with my own negative thoughts of defeat… thoughts about my homeschooling, thoughts about health, thoughts about life.  Agreeing with His words.

After 22 years of homeschooling, I can see the LORD’s faithfulness. He has been faithful to lead and guide — to provide opportunities for my children. He has taught them.  And taught me.  And when we keep our eyes on Him, great is our peace.

The Marshall Family
The Marshall Family