[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119894661" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] The hymns that we choose for this album have all had a profound impact on me. None more so than BE THOU MY VISION. The original version of this hymn is still in my ‘top five’ hymns of all time. The lyrics of this hymn are worth the time to memorize. It really is a prayer that is worth talking to the Lord about.
There are many very good versions of this hymn already (our favorite being our old church, The Village Church in Texas), so I wanted to venture out of the box a little. We arranged the song so the bridge is the culmination to really emphasis these lyrics,
“Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou my inheritance, now and always. Thou and thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven my treasure thou art.”
Every time I get to that part of this hymn I feel like I’m praying that out loud to the Lord,
“Lord, don’t let me love money and possessions and chase after those things. And don’t let me be so consumed with other people’s opinions of me. Please don’t let me desire man’s praise above yours. You are my treasure. I will sell everything to buy the field.”
Those kinds of thoughts explode from my heart and mind as I proclaim this part of the hymn.
This adoption process, for us as a family, has been a journey. We met Selena, and followed God’s call to pursue her, and here we are five years later, still waiting and praying. We’ve experienced a lot over these five years. We’ve laughed incredibly hard. We’ve sat outside and cried our eyes out with friends. We’ve been so anxious at times over Selena’s health. We’ve rented a Kia Picanto (that’s a car) and traveled by ourselves through the mountains of Guatemala to spend just a weekend with Selena. The list could go on and on, but the main idea of it all is,
“Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision o’ ruler of all.”
The truth is that we really do not know how our story ends. Will Guatemala open up and will families from America be able to adopt Guatemalan children? Will we ever experience the joy of taking Selena into our own home? We don’t know. The truth is that we were not promised that. We can’t read in the Scriptures and conclude that we will one day be able to bring Selena home. That’s God’s secret will, not his revealed will. So there has to be more to stand on in our obedience to the Lord. That’s what this hymn is communicating when it says, “whatever befall.” That means whatever happens. However God decides to direct my life, I must see things how he sees them. I must submit myself to the truth of the gospel, in the scriptures, and believe what he has told me. Those promises, like Romans 8 or Psalm 84:11 are foundational to our obedience. So every day I want to wake up and say,
“God, I don’t presume upon what will happen today, but you are with me and you guide me and you have proved your love for me, Jesus, on the cross. I don’t need anything else. That is sufficient to trust you for today’s circumstances. You can be trusted.”
Eric Bowman and Brea Hughes are the featured artist on this hymn. They are both incredible singers and really made the truth of this hymn come to life. Eric has this very unique color and characteristic to his voice and Brea did an incredible job backing Eric up and I love the dynamic between the two. We love it, and I think it’s the perfect way to end the album. (Eric is a very talented graphic designer, at VelcroKid.com and he designed the artwork for Hymns For Selena too!)
As we rap up this Behind the Hymn Blog Series I will end with this short story.
Early on, after we were back in the states (after meeting Selena) we were at dinner with our best friends (Eric and his wife Andrea being 2 of them). We received a phone call from Kailah (our missionary friend who had watched Selena and taken care of her) saying that Selena was in the ICU at a local Huehue hospital. She was very sick and the doctors told Kailah that she probably would not make it through the night. It’s moments like these that really press your soul. I remember sitting outside the restaurant with my wife, sitting on the concrete floor crying. Our friends were just praying for us and trying their best to comfort us. We were so far away and felt so powerless to help. But we decided we could do something. We called and emailed everyone we knew and asked them to pray and fast. We waited for news and over the next week Selena slowly started to get better. We were so thankful to the Lord that he had protected and sustained her. Situations like this cause Hymns like Be Thou My Vision to resonate with my soul.
“Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision O ruler of all.”
Whatever happens, our lives are God’s. We continue to pray for adoption, and ask that you would also, but whatever befalls us we trust God’s sovereign will and good nature.
So our journey continues on. Thank you for joining us and we pray you stick with us. Please pray for us in our waiting. Please pray for Selena and the Echeverria family.
Thank you. Grace and Peace.