Like many others, I have sought the healing balm worship music brings into the valleys of my faith.
Jeremy Camp is a much-adored Christian musician who has sung words of comfort into my life, words that still resonate with me years after I first heard them. His songs Wonderful Maker and The Way remain personal favorites of mine, ones that bring up memories of meditating on the goodness of God.
Named after one of his famous songs, the movie I Still Believe focuses on a season of Jeremy Camp’s faith journey. The film is full of authentic faith, reflecting the moments of faithfulness Jeremy strives to hold on to as well as other times when lacking faith; he learned to lean on God for His faithfulness.
It beautifully narrates a love story between Jeremy and his first wife, Melissa, who is diagnosed early on in their relationship with a terminal illness. Despite this unexpected detour, Jeremy believes faith can sustain them transcending the borders of health and disease, from the harbor of health to the erratic waves of an unknown future.
Not many people would dive into a valley with a fiancé facing an unpredictable future, yet Jeremy decides to heed the voice of God.
In his case, as in many biblical accounts, heeding to the voice of God ensures the will of God accomplish His purposes but does not always produce the outcome our hearts desire.
You may not have suffered the loss of a spouse like Jeremy did, but you may have wrestled with your faith in some season. Perhaps, you have experienced the death of a dream or career, or a meaningful relationship suddenly died.We can hold on to the promises of God and choose a better way, choose to still believe. #istillbelievemovie. Click To Tweet
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6 New International Version (NIV)
The process of maturing in love includes handling hard emotions, unexpected losses, and wrestling with our desires.
We can choose, like Jeremy, to still believe the promises of God amidst the wrestling, amidst the dry seasons of faith, where growth seems sparse and painstakingly slow.
God allows us to experience the process of grief, although He desires that we intentionally open our hearts to receive the comfort that His grace offers. His compassion is a reminder of the gift of redemption that our stories may have hues of grief, yet it is the road to redemption that will color us back to life.