It was April 1, 2002, around 9:45 a.m. I was at work, the librarian for our local elementary school. I began feeling slightly light-headed, slightly nauseous and somewhat concerned. By 10:30 a.m. I had notified the teacher whose class had come in for Library Class, as well as our secretary, that things were escalating in my system for whatever reason.
Long story short, by the end of May a tumor had been located in the region of my left ear (Acoustic Neuroma) and needed to come out. It was small, but would double in size over and over if not removed.
I had never had nor needed surgery, and this was rather daunting to face. There would be a regular surgeon AND a brain surgeon in attendance as part of my skull behind my left ear had to be removed and the tumor accessed near the brain.
Well, nerves and fear and questions hit from time to time. One day when I was overly concerned, I sat in our rocking chair and was praying for guidance and peace once again. The Lord dropped into my heart the assurance that He would be there with me. He even started giving me a message in prose and the music to go with… and it became this song, “You’ll Be There” that I will share below.
As the words to the second verse formed in my mind, I could picture a dark sky and rough, stormy ocean with an old-time fishing vessel making its way through the waves. Then, what joy, there at the front, standing boldly erect with hand raised and pointing straight ahead into the dense dark fog, stood Jesus…showing the way.
What a peace descended into my heart! God reminded me that whatever the situation, whether I can make sense of it or see the way from here or not, He is there with me, guiding the direction to go and pointing out the safe way to head even in the rough and turbulent times of my life.
How loved we are, for our patient and gentle Father to listen to our hearts’ cries, gently calming the fears of His children. He does not condemn nor rebuke us, but lovingly reminds us we are not alone, even when He leads us through the storm, rather than calming it. Without correcting us He speaks peace to our hearts and reminds us we are not alone. He is faithful, ever ready to answer the cries of His children and comfort with His presence. Yes, it is a comfort to know He’ll be there with us through the storms of life.
YOU’LL BE THERE
Lord I don’t know what lies ahead
Sometimes my heart is filled with dread
But this one thing I know—You’ll be there
Guiding my feet along the way
Holding my hand from day to day
Thanks, Lord, for I know You’ll be there.
When bad news comes to overwhelm
I see You standing at the helm
It comforts me to know You are there
You show the way that’s safe to go
Through journeys rough it’s good to know
I do not walk alone — You are there.
Copyright 2002 by Patricia A. Hunter