It’s Wednesday night around 11:30 pm, and I just finished up 4 days of revival services with our friends at the ClearBranch UMC in Argo, AL. My former pastor at Brook Hills, Rick Ousley, was the speaker for the week, and he preached with fire and passion and authenticity, speaking truth into the lives of the members of this wonderful church.
I’ve known their worship leader, Charles Harnach since I was 15 (and I turn 45 in about 30 minutes, so you do the math). He has been a musical mentor and friend to me for decades now, and it’s always a joy to work with him. I had the privilege to play guitar each night with a different musical group from their church. Sunday and Tuesday nights featured 2 different praise teams; Monday night saw me playing bass with Exit 148, their way cool college folks, and tonight I got to jam with my buddy Stephen Hayman (the Mad Scotsman) and their kicking student band. It was another special joy to once again work with my buddy Wes Hampton (the tenor with the Gaither Vocal Band). Wes may be with the GVB, but he’ll always be one of the Project Onefifty guys.
It was a powerful moment for me on Tuesday night, as Wes and I got to sing “I Will Trust In You”, a song that many people around the country have come to adopt as a special musical rendering of Psalm 56:3. Rick Ousley’s own story about his recent battles with a rare medical condition found him reciting that verse and rolling this song through his mind as he lay on a hospital operating table.
All these thoughts flooded my mind as we sang that night. And as we sang, it was all I could do to get through this song. I kept thinking of those moments about 3 years ago when God was leading us through a dark valley, wondering if the life of our yet-to-be-born Audra Grace would have a chance to develop. Thank God that His grace gave us Audra Grace (turning 2 next month!), and He gave a song to comfort…not only us, but many, many others. I can honestly say with no shame that tears flowed freely and abundantly this week.
I won’t again recite it in this blog, but Psalm 116 once again comes to mind. Crack the Book and read it and be challenged!
Love you guys!!