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Day 17

Day 17

Author: Janine Hayden
June 30, 2020


Worship music ministers to me in a powerful way.  The song that’s been playing in my mind most prominently lately is Waymaker.

The chorus goes: Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness, my God, that is who You are.

Those are some powerful words and claims of who God is. 

Last night I woke in the middle of the night in a panic.  I wake up a lot in the night (a product of my age-haha), but this state of mind was unusual.  What was the reason for my panic?  Basically, the condition of our world right now.  I don’t think I’ve experienced this kind of darkness in our world in my lifetime: a pandemic, social unrest and political division may be the overall arching issues, but the fall out from these almost seem unending.  As I lay in bed letting myself go down the rabbit hole of fear, I knew I had to break out.  And I know the only power I have to do that is the power of prayer.  So, that is where I went, asking God to break the strongholds of fear.  Immediately, the Waymaker song came to mind.  As the chorus kept playing over and over in my mind, I broke down each of these characteristics of God.

Waymaker- God is the waymaker to hope.  I’ve been thinking a lot about hope lately, or more specially the lack of hope.  People cannot live without hope.  We need hope to move forward when things are unbearable.  If we have hope that somehow, someday things will get better, we can make it through that next day. ‘I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’  Romans 15:13

Miracle Worker- If we open our eyes, we can see His miracles around us.  We may not see people raised from the dead or a lame man jump up and dance, but God is working.  In March, I believe God blessed our family with a miracle.  Our second son, Jonathan, got married on March 7th and got on a plane for his honeymoon in Jamaica the next day, 5 days before the country basically shutdown.  Had it been planned for a week or 2 later it most likely would not have happened at all.  God went before us when the date was being set.  He knew what would be happening on March 13th 2020 and He guided our plans.

Promise Keeper - God’s Word is full of His promises for us and He will keep every last one of them.  Just a few that have been standing out lately are:

Matthew 6:33 - ‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.’ In these uncertain times, we can trust God to take care of us.

Romans 8:28 - ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together  for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.’  Good is and will be coming.

Romans 8:39 - ‘No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.’  This one is really powerful for me.  Thank you, God!!!

Light in the darkness- Jesus is the light of the world and there is no darkness in Him.  Like I said earlier, I feel a heavy darkness in the world today.  But God!!!  God is the Light.  I am incredibly thankful that no matter how dark the things around us may seem, when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, we can see everything through the lens of His light.

My God, that is who YOU are.




Almighty God, thank you that we are not left in this world alone.  You are the God who draws near to the broken hearted and the weakened. We praise your Holy name that nothing in all creation can separate us from your love.  Help us, your children, to keep our eyes focused on you.  May we draw our strength from you, our waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness.  In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.


Janine Hayden


South Park Church
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