Hymn Challenge #3: My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Words Written by: Ray Palmer
b. Nov. 12, 1808; d. March 29, 1887
Ray Palmer was the son of Judge Thomas Palmer, and he was born in Rhode Island. He graduated Yale College in 1820. He then studied theology privately in New York City and entered ministry in 1834. He then became pastor of the Congregational Church at Bath, Maryland, from 1835 to 1850 and the First Congregational Church of Albany, New York, from 1850 to 1865. After that, he was a Corresponding Secretary and retired in 1878 in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Palmer wrote 38 hymns and was considered one of the greatest American hymn writers. Dr. Duffield said "He has written more and better hymns than any other American." He died in 1887.
I wasn't sure which hymn we would study this week until we sang this particular hymn at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). When we came to Verse 3, I knew this is what the hymn choice would be. Let's look at it:
While life's dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day;
Wipe sorrow's tears away;
Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside.
**Misdiagnosed. Misunderstood. Chiari Malformation.
**No cure. Chiari Malformation.
**Your really bad day is a good day for me. Chiari.
These were just a few of the phrases, and they only became worse and more despressing as I read through them. But our God is a great big God. We are walking a dark maze but He is our guide. He can wipe our tears away, and He is forever by our side. See how Verse 3 fits so beautifully?
If you are walking through a difficulty in your life right now, this is for you to! Or maybe you know someone that is suffering. I just learned of an online friend who's mother is dying of bone cancer. She is walking a very difficult road right now too. I ache for her. How are you allowing God to guide you as you minister to someone, or how are you allowing Him to guide you as you walk your own difficult road? God clearly guides those who trust Him. Are you meditating on His word and praying specifically and expectantly? God may also use others or outside circumstances to speak to you but it will always line up with His word, and you will certainly have an inward peace. That very thing happened to me this week. Here is what happened:
This Monday night in BSF, we were studying Genesis 24 where Abraham tells his servant to go back to his country to find a wife for his son Isaac. Well, as we left discussion group, one of my ladies asked me if there was anyone back in Texas that could help my daughter. She was suggesting we go back just as Abraham suggested the servant go back. Funny how God always uses the lesson of the week for me to live out. Anyway, I think I told the woman in my group that there wasn’t anyone back in Texas. Then Tuesday morning, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and I woke up at 5 a.m. with the name of the neurologist our girls used to see in Austin several years ago. He is a great neurologist but I didn’t really know if he would talk to me since we haven’t seen him in a few years. God had already used the woman from BSF to speak to me, and then He woke me up with that whisper the next morning—I certainly could not ignore His prompting. I had to find out what He might have for us!
Well, after leaving a message, the doctor called me back that afternoon. He told me when his nurse told him it was me and what was going on, he said “Let me talk to Mom.” So he called me! Oh, he gave me such great info. He said my daughter's symptoms were very concerning to him, and that he would like her to have additional testing. He also said he can get us in with the top pediatric neurosurgeon and CM expert right there in Texas. He will get us taken care of if we want to go back. I was in awe! God moved mightily and I was in awe watching Him work. Had I not prayed specifically for His guidance and been looking for His response, I would have missed it! I am not sure where this is all going to lead us but God does, and you can be certain I will be watching and listening.
So, pray specifically, and watch for His response. Then give Him all the glory because it certainly is nothing we do—all of the glory belongs to Him!
Psalm 25:5 "Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
Psalm 31:3 "Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me."
Psalm 48:14 "For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end."
Isaiah 42:16 "Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Now I know I really focused on Verse 3 this week; however, if you want to see the other verses, please click here (just scroll to the bottom). Also, below is the sheet music for "My Faith Looks Up to Thee."
For my 6x6 page today, well, I had a lot of trouble. I just could not get this page to work. There are layers of gesso, paint, splattered paint, washi tape, strips of paper, you name it. The entire kitchen sink is on the page, and nothing worked. Before throwing it away and starting again, I just decided to crumple up a piece of vellum and place over it to tone it all down and hide a few things. I guess I decided that I am "okay" with the final result. :) The last piece I added to this page was the zipper. Since I was "throwing in the kitchen sink," I may as well throw on a zipper. LOL! I also thought it went well thinking about keeping myself joined with Christ just as the teeth of a zipper join together.
I will also point out the Blue Fern Studios Ornate Medallion. I painted it with Adirondack cranberry and shell pink paint dabbers, Jenni Bowlin chili powder dabber, Heidi Swapp tinsel mist, and then added Glossy Accents on top. I just kept playing with it until I got the desired look. The scripture I used was 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. I felt it really encompassed this hymn and what our family should be doing right now. God has a purpose for what we are going through, and He has a purpose for you too!
Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios ornate medallion (painted with Adirondack cranberry and shell pink dabber, Jenni Bowlin chili powder dabber, Heidi Swapp tinsel mist, and Glossy Accents); Zva Creative pearl flourishes; Golden gesso; The Crafter's Workshop mini window screen template; Mister Huey clover mist; misc. washi tape; Prima Corine flowers and Junk Yard Findings Rusty Typo Zippers; burgundy flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts; sewing machine
Remember to use Keyword HSCRC13 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Thanks for joining me today, and have a blessed Sunday!