When You Need Strength To Face the New Day

Craig and Susan Phelps and their children were on their way from their home in Oklahoma to a ski trip Colorado. They were in the remote and dark area of the Texas panhandle when their van was hit by an eighteen-wheeler truck with such a forceful impact that threw out all of their four children. One of their children, when he was located in the darkness, had already died from a broken neck. They were in the wilderness for forty-five minutes before an ambulance arrived.

Their brother-in-law, singer/songwriter/ pastor/Christian music producer Don Moen, traveled to Oklahoma to comfort the grieving family. On the plane ride, he read Isaiah Chapter 43, the book of comfort for God’s people.

Isa 43:19b
I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert

From this, Don wrote the song, God Will Make a Way, a song to help the bereaved family get through their grief. He knew that in the days ahead after the people had gone, they would need to hear that God works in ways that they couldn’t see. The song gives hope of what a great God can do beyond today’s pain and problem, that when it seems impossible to go on, He will make a way. The message gives encouragement that when you and I feel like we are at the end of what we can bear, God will guide us, hold us with His perfect love and limitless strength to face each new day. That His Word will remain is a reminder that He is who He says He is in His Word, that we can count on His promises, and that He is a steadfast source of what He offers: love, comfort, counsel, and grace.

Don Moen

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness
He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today

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