The day before going to a songwriting retreat, I sat down at the piano with God. As I sat down I was led to think about one of my friends, whose baby son had passed away from an illness at 4 months old. This baby’s death deeply affected me and I spent time questioning God about his promise of healing and faithfulness to answer prayer. I spent a little time with my friend who had lost her beloved son and heard of her grief… trying to give her my heart in feeling her pain alongside her; even though on one hand I couldn’t begin to relate to what my friend was feeling, I like all of us, have known times where we need to know God’s unfailing love that is found in his presence, ‘at the waters’.
As I sat down that morning I was led to Isaiah 55. I love that this passage is called ‘The Compassion of the Lord’ in my version. I pondered on what it was to ‘come to the water’, to come to the Living Water of God that is Jesus. To come to the edge of the shore, to enter the water. How do we approach Jesus? Sometimes we’re in a place of joy and contentment where there is less hindrance as we draw near to Jesus. But that morning my heart was with my friend. I thought of her broken heart, I wondered if it might be hard for her to approach Jesus and I felt led to write a song for those who are in a place of struggle or suffering. I remembered back to losing a dear friend in a cycle accident a few years ago and how through the time how desperately I thirsted for God. This song was also a song of my testimony. I know the only thing that pulled me through that time was coming to Jesus. With all my pain and questions, Jesus walked with me and he was enough.
When we spend time with Jesus, we find our rest, we find freedom in his all- consuming love. His mercy and compassion towards those in sorrow and suffering are so great. This is who Jesus is. There is always enough of Him for every place we find ourselves in. His love is unfailing and it waits for us around every corner of our journey. His tenderness is so beautiful and the Father longs to envelope us in it as we draw near to him.
Whenever I hear or sing this song I’m reminded to pray for my friend, that Jesus would be the living water she needs, that his unfailing love would be her testimony.