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Mercies in Disguise?

This past Sunday, in our evening service, we received one of the most God-glorifying, gospel-exalting, grace-dispensing testimonies we have heard in a long time. As one of our members gave God glory, for His ongoing work of grace in the life of a young woman abused for much of her earthly life, most of us were moved to tears of joy.

After he finished his testimony, he asked a group of young ladies to come forward and sing “Blessings” by Laura Story. If you are not familiar with this song then you need to be. Whatever your trial is—and we all have at least one—this song will minister deeply to your heart. Below are the lyrics. Listen to it here.

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?

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  1. God has used the message of this song so many times in dealing with various struggles in my life. I tend to want trials just to pass, but I am learning that enduring is not just tolerating until the end. It’s submitting myself to God through the trial, trusting that His way is higher than my way.

  2. I was first introduced to this song when my cousin was going through a trial in her life. We would listen to it together, memorize the words, and cry together. I appreciate how it honestly portrays our human reactions but brings us out of the deep and points us to Christ. There is hope.

  3. I absolutely love this song. I heard it on the radio before it was released and couldn’t find it online to re-listen to it. The words are incredible! They reminded me that this world will NOT satisfy. There is such a striking contrast between the temporal pleasure I experience through worldly gain compared to the sweet, lasting joy accompanying the TRIALS that God brings. They truly are a blessing, reminding me of just how much I need Jesus.

  4. The words of this song speak in the darkest hours of my life. I pray so often for God to take the pain and the trials away. My prayer after how real this song has been made to me–I truly must praise and thank Him because the situation is part of His plan. Job 23:8-17 has been a blessing to my soul and I am continually going back to those special verses.

  5. wow, what a message. Love this song. God is such a blessing. I am so thankful that He loves me.
    I really enjoyed the class. I felt like I got a lot of nuggets out of it.
    Lucinda

  6. The first time I heard this song I was floored with how flawed my view of God is. Sadly, the second verse sums up me quite well:

    We pray for wisdom
    Your voice to hear
    We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
    We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
    As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
    All the while, You hear each desperate plea
    And long that we’d have faith to believe.

    I pray that I will place my confidence in the Lord regardless of circumstances and that I remember God loves me, cares for me, and knows what is best for me even if in my opinion I am experiencing disappointments, heart ache, and trials.

  7. So many of the phrases in this song have been just what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. The phrase “what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights, are your mercies in disguise” strikes me every time. My initial response to a trial is that it is a bad thing, “why is this happening?!”, but when I place that trial back in the hands of God, I see that He is still merciful to me. He is working out things that are later revealed, and His mercies to me are so evident then, though I couldn’t always see it in the middle of the storm.