We all have junk. We all have skeletons in our closets. We all deal with stuff.
It’s funny because I’ve had a song on my heart the last few days that I wanted to share with you and while I was searching the video for it, another video caught my attention and I couldn’t pass it.
Who knew that Dolly Parton did a song with For King and Country?
I did not, but of course, the Dolly fan in me and the contemporary gospel love made me curious, so I had to watch it.
I’ve never heard the song until tonight, but God knew I needed to hear it.
The song says “God only knows what you’ve been through. God only knows what they say about you. God only knows how it’s killing you but there’s a kind of love that only God knows. God only knows what you’ve been through. God only knows what they say about you. God only knows the real you ’cause there’s a kind of love that God only knows.”
Wow. I don’t really need to say much about it. The lyrics speak for themselves.
If you only knew the kind of day I had today with a trying 4 year old. If you only knew the kind of week I had with so much going on. If you only what I’ve been through in the last year, 5 years, even 10.
So often we hide behind a smile or a laugh. You never know what is hidden behind the happy face. Some times people are going through tragedy or heartache beyond our comprehension and we don’t even see it.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve found myself thinking someone had it all together and then I found out that they were going through something major- divorce, financial strain, abuse, suicidal thoughts. Never take someone’s smile for granted.
When I heard this song, I immediately thought about specific moments in my life when I felt like no one truly understood what I was going through. Without knowing God and being surrounded in His love, I wouldn’t have made it. It’s incredible to think about the love He has for us. How He is the only One who knows that deep of a love and He chooses to share it with us.
I’m so undeserving. My skeletons should remain hidden. Yet with Him I’m naked. He knows every mistake. Every flaw. Every failure. He knows what I’ve done. He knows what I’ve been through and still I’m surrounded with the kind of love that “God only knows.”
Music is a way of life for me. I do not go one day without music. Whether it’s on the radio, playing the guitar, or just humming a tune as I’m cleaning. It never ceases to amaze me how God uses my passion to speak to me.
As I sit down on my bed to just enjoy a moment of peace now that the boys are in bed and I have a free moment, I am tired and frustrated. My four year old gave me a terrible 2s kind of day and I am at my wits end. Someone did something towards me this week that kinda bothered me and it’s on my mind again. I’m questioning my worth as a mother, a wife, a friend. What am I doing wrong? I’m struggling. No one understands. But God. He pops this video in front of me and urged me to watch. To listen. BOOM. There it is. That encouragement I needed. That call: “Hello! Daughter! I’m here. I know what you’ve been through. I know what you’re dealing with. I know how you’re feeling and since you won’t just allow yourself to bask in my love I’ll shove it in your face using a method that is so very important to you- music. Now do you feel my love? Let it drown your worries because I know all about them. I LOVE YOU.” … and that is all that matters. He loves me. He knows. He is here.
Follow the link to the music video. Listen to every word. God knows. He hears your cry.
How I needed this tonight. I’m surround by a kind of love that God only knows and I’m feeling it tonight.
**Happy Labor Day! It pays to work hard. Proud to be an American who is allowed to work and be recognized for it. Grateful to have a husband that works hard to provide for our family!