Recently I saw a random quote on Pinterest that could apply to my girl: “I hate it when I’m singing a song and the artist gets the words wrong.” My daughter could have posted that one; it’s often really cute but true – she creates original interpretations of song lyrics.
A couple of summers ago, Caroline and I were on a short road trip, and she was in the backseat, singing along with the well-known worship song “Forever:”
“Forever God is faithful. Forever God is strong. Forever God is with us. Forever…Forever…”
Because she didn’t know she heard the words incorrectly, Caroline’s version went like this: “Whatever God is faithful. Whatever God is strong. Whatever God is with us. Whatever…Whatever…”
While I was amused with the Caroline version, it struck me that her lyrics were just as true! At the time, my husband was preparing for a two-week mission trip to Asia, and the “what-ifs” almost overwhelmed me. But in this moment in the car, Caroline’s unique rendering of “Forever” reminded me to trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness in whatever was to come.
In current slang, “what-eh-ver” denotes a flippant or anything-goes attitude. But is life really so carefree?
Not when your husband is traveling across the globe….Not when the doctor’s news is not so good…Not when you’re notified that your services are no longer needed….Not when your kid’s behavior is stealing your sleep and you wonder if your joy is buried under a pile of laundry somewhere …
At times like these, we don’t need a breezy life-philosophy. We need an anchor for the soul. As Caroline’s chorus rolled around in my thoughts, I was reminded of verses in Scripture that use “whatever” in quite a different way:
Psalm 135: 5 – 6 ~ “I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever pleases Him in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.”
Psalm 115: 1 – 3 ~ “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory because of Your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say “where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven, He does whatever pleases Him.”
The fact that God is able to do whatever He pleases should inspire our worship and faith. He is both completely sovereign and completely good. He shows us through the writings of Isaiah. In chapter 40, the Word expresses the incomparable greatness of our God. Isaiah 40:10 says, “The Sovereign Lord comes with power and He rules with a mighty arm.” In the following verse, the mighty God is pictured with mercy: “He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.” (v.11).
God is strong and He’s my shepherd. God is power and He’s my peace.
God is mighty and He is merciful, so I will trust Him through all the “what-ifs” and “whatevers” in my life. I hope you will too…
So I like Caroline’s version of the song. Though the lyrics aren’t in original form, they’re spot on –
Whatever God is faithful,
Whatever God is strong,
Whatever God is with us,