For several years, Christians and non-Christians have enjoyed MercyMe’s song “I Can Only Imagine”. Recently, a movie with the same title was released. This is the story of Bart Millard, the lead singer for the group. I may have been under a rock for a while because I did not realize the abuse he endured and how beautifully his story ended. It was through his pain that he has written many songs that are famous among the Christian community.
Our family sat and watched it today while fighting back tears. Characters within the movie made references to other song titles, and I had high hopes that those songs would have been worked into the movie. Despite my preferences, I found it to be a beautiful story of forgiveness and the redemptive power of Christ. God can take abusive parents and make them trophies of His grace.
When I hit a dark time in 2013, one of the songs that pulled me through was “Bring the Rain”. We often never really learn how to praise the Lord until we have experienced pain. God does not delight to see us hurt. That pain is a result of the free will of fallen humanity. Nevertheless, God can bring beauty from ashes. If you are in a season of difficulty, I pray this song ministers to you like it did me.