Songs of My Deliverance Part 2: His Love Takes Good Care of Me

Though the rain falls, the wind blows, the storm is on the sea, I know God's love will take good care of me.
Though the rain falls, the wind blows, the storm is on the sea, I know God's love will take good care of me. | Source

God's Love Takes Good Care of Me

God's love takes good care of me.

God's love takes good care of me.

Though the rain falls,

the wind blows,

and the storm is on the sea,

God's love takes good care of me.

The second song

This is the chorus I woke up to my first morning on the psychiatric ward. It was 5:00 a.m. and I couldn't sleep anymore. A part of me was glad to be there. I felt safe being away from the overwhelming stress of my world on the outside, but as I had never been in a psychiatric hospital before, I was filled with apprehension. So far all had gone well upon admission. Jack Nicholson and Nurse Ratchet had not met me at the door. The decor was lovely and the few faces I saw were "normal," even friendly. But at this hour, all alone in my room wearing hospital pajamas 4 times too big for me, I was very fearful and anxious about the day ahead.

What a comfort that little chorus was to me. It was not audible, but it ran through my head all day long. It is a song we always sang at prayer meeting. As I lay there with that chorus going through my head, I tried to pray and cling to the promise in this little song. I called my best friend at 6:00 a.m. and talked to her awhile. God used her greatly to comfort and love me. My door was open and a few hours later a group began to meet in the group lounge right outside my door. I was terrified so I closed my door, but not before I managed to get a glimpse of the patients as they sat down for a morning therapy group. They all looked so "normal." People like you and me. Hmmm. My Hollywood idea of nut houses was quickly dissolving.

Soon I was visited by a social worker. Right after that I was visited by a nurse. They both asked all the same questions I'd been asked the night before by the ER doctor and the admitting staff on the unit. They wanted to know why I was there, did I feel like harming myself, yada yada. Of course I needed to talk to these people, but just not one right after the other. But they were so very nice.

Very shortly I was very anxious to talk to someone other than the staff. Enter Pastor Chuck. When he walked in it was like a breath of fresh air. I was embarrassed at my appearance and for the reason I was there, but he put me at ease immediately. I spent the next hour confessing some sins, my concerns and shame about being a Christian in depression and on a psychiatric ward, and all the other life worries I had. He opened his Bible and began to speak into my life, reading about David, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Job, who all dealt with depressed feelings and hopelessness. He gave me scriptural assurances that my sins were forgiven. And then we prayed. It was the best therapy I received the whole day...actually, the whole stay. That day God sent my pastor and the little chorus as His way of loving and taking good care of me. This was my 2nd song of deliverance.

© Lori Colbo 2011. All rights reserved.



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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for sharing! I'm happy that you came out of this experience with the assurance that God loves you. Following you.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

I notice you are from Seattle, very close to where I live on Whidbey Island. Such a beautiful place it is. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, God is an awesome God and delivers us from so many things. We all go through times of depression and hopelessness, especially in these tough times, but he is faithful and there to comfort us as he did you. May your days be filled with the hope that all will be well indeed. Blessings to you!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

Thanks for stopping by ladies. I appreciate your affirming comments. God can meet us in the pit as well as on the mountain.

Whidbey, I went to Whidbey Island when I was little to visit some distant relatives. All I remember was that it was beautiful. Washington is the most beautiful state to live in. Blessings to you both.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

LS,

What a beautiful story! So simple and yet so much truth. Glad to see that God was working in so many different ways--the song, your pastor, etc.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

God seems to be so present in our darkest moments. I love the song He blessed your mind to remember and to hear His greatest therapy was the reassurance of His love.

At a time in my life that I was experiencing some intense anxiety and depression a friend called and sang on my voice mail "arise and shine". That song is etched in my memory and still gives me comfort

Bless you for sharing your experience. God is so good!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

Tamarajo, what a beautiful thing your friend did in singing that song for you. Sometimes a song is better than anything else they could say. Blessings.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Blessings to you, friend. Thank you for sharing your story.


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lsin82 5 years ago from Houston

Man your testimony is amazing. I thnk God for delivering you because now your testimony can help encourage others who are dealing with similar situations. I greatly appreciate the openess and truthfulness you express. I wish more people would share their expriences so that others can see that they can make it through as well...

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