Lyrics to Live By: Hillary Scott, “Thy Will”

 

Thy. Will. Be. Done.

When I first heard this song on the radio, I had no idea that the voice belonged to Hillary Scott, member of Lady Antebellum.  I was pleased to discover that Hillary Scott & the Scott Family would be releasing a faith-based album.

I’ve adored this song since that first listen, and it’s definitely due to the vulnerability that is present in the lyrics:

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here

I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart
Is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt
And these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

In her own words, Hillary shares,

“I wrote this song about a very recent experience that left me heartbroken, asking why, and facing some of my most difficult days. This song is my letter to God. As I ask some really hard questions, I hold onto the truth that there is so much to the story of my life that I can’t see, but that I still choose to trust Him.”

I found Hillary’s honesty to be noteworthy and encouraging, but I personally didn’t even feel a desire to know the direct experience that these lyrics describe. Instead, I reflected on how many times I’ve struggled with the will of God for my own life.

We’ve all been there before. God tells you to do something or to take a certain direction. Sometimes we question it, wondering “Lord, why?” while other times we trust God but find that it doesn’t eliminate the pain.

In other words:

Just because you’re in the will of God doesn’t mean you should expect your life to be void of trouble. (It’s actually quite the opposite).

But you can find comfort in these words from James 1:2-4:

“Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete” (The Living Bible).

So the next time you’re going through something difficult, uncomfortable, painful, or seemingly frightening, just know that it’s for your making. And in the end, you’ll be better because of it. So go through it; don’t get stuck in the midst of it because of how you feel at the moment.

Another song comes to mind that says: “He never said it would be easy, but you’re a winner in the end.”

God’s will isn’t always comfortable or “fun.” We would all probably love to have it easy all of the time but if it were, why would we need God?

Lastly, know that Jesus understands exactly what you’re feeling. When he was preparing to die, he prayed: “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42, KJV).

And indeed, God’s will is what prevailed. Because of Jesus’ perseverance, resilience, and determination to stay committed to doing what He was put on this Earth to do, we are alive and redeemed.

You never know who will benefit from your obedience. A lot of the time, your going-through is not for you but for someone else. So take heart.

Thy. Will. Be. Done.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Tatenda
    September 5, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I love this song too…it reminds me that God is still in charge and He knows best

    • Reply
      Kanisha
      September 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

      Yes, such a powerful song indeed! I’m right there with you- I have to remind myself of God’s faithfulness as well and trust that He knows what He’s doing even when I don’t understand it.

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    Kia W
    December 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I am always on the hunt for new gospel music.
    I am at a time in my life where God is perfecting my patience and I have to trust Him. This song is ministering to me as well as your blog to go along with it.

    • Reply
      Kanisha
      December 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad you stopped by! That’s exactly why I do this. Stay tuned because I’ll be posting a lot more in the coming year! I look forward to interacting more with you!

      -Kanisha

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