Why Me Lord?
By Brad Hewey
“Why Me Lord?” by Kris Kristofferson is a song that Brad Hewey has grown to appreciate over the years. Here he shares why it resonates with him. Contact us at HopeStreamRadio if you have any questions about your journey with God.
Brad offers up practical, scriptural advice from a perspective borne out of everyday life encounters. As we live and move and have our being…it’s the individual life lessons that most often present the greatest challenges, but can yield the richest blessings. We’ve all, as Christians had those faith affirming moments, where we’ve had an overwhelming sense of God’s spirit, or his very presence “at a particular but, maybe random time”.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”
We know this intuitively, but sometimes when we actually take the time to think on the grandness of the position we have, as heirs and joint heirs with Christ, in a relationship with GOD our creator, it’s overwhelming in the very best way.
Experiencing a particular and moving moment with GOD, can happen in the simplest of situations, often at a time unexpected…when suddenly we’re struck by an awe-inspiring realization that the God of all creation, who has chosen to call us his own, has entered into the moment with us.
The Beauty of God’s Creation
For me, one such moment occurred when I was out for a run. I was a fair distance into the woods, on a well beaten path, where a brook that I’d crossed many times throughout the years, seemed to be the perfect place that morning to stop and catch my breath. As I paused, I noted once again, what beauty God has placed in all his creation. The particular way the water was barely flowing in places, yet cascading swiftly in others, over weather beaten remnants of broken tree trunks, foam and bubbles churning as it stirred its way around the rocks, many covered with the brightest shade of green moss.
A random leaf would fall gently from a tree overhead, without sound, without any particular direction to it’s downward path, but gently setting itself upon the surface of the dark brook water, to float slowly, a path seemingly being chartered by the random flow of the current. Except for the soft noise of the water, there was no other sound. Not a breath of air.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made…even his eternal power and Godhead,”
And I remember thinking, but God, this is all happening, the miracle of nature’s grandeur unfolding, yet there’s no one here to see it. It seems as if there is so much intricate motion in play, and it’s all for naught. There’s no one here to consider the wonders wrought from your hands…
And that is when, his spirit bore again, witness with my spirit….and I felt moved with emotion, as I realized that there was someone there to see it. I was there.
And it was impressed upon me, that the beauty of the brook, the activity that was playing out, deep in the woods…on this particular morning, it was for me. His child. It spoke to me. It refreshed me. It filled me with a sense of humility, and thankfulness.
And how oft are we refreshed, when God reminds us gently, and personally, that the substance of our faith, much of the time, is found in the real-life moments such as these “evidence” of things unseen…the things that God speaks to our core, directly to our hearts and minds.
Those are moments that are not defined by doctrine, by creed, or by a particular interpretation of scripture, but by grace…. God’s immeasurable grace.
I am so thankful that God has shone his love upon me, for by grace am I saved, and that even in my failings and short comings, he is continually abiding with me, as I travel along, as I journey, as I sojourn here in this world…seeking with his help, to soldier on to finish the race that is set before me.
Many of you might remember the song from the 70’s by Kris Kristofferson, entitled “Why Me Lord?” As a kid, like most, I was exposed to and very familiar with all the hit tunes from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and today….but I remember consciously steering away from secular songs that referenced the Lords name. I felt a particular suspicion that they were potentially written in a spirit of ignorance, or irreverence. As a Christian kid, you always have a slight nagging sense of conscience about the music filling your ears, so anything combining secular and Christian, was glaringly, to me unequally yoked…
Now as a kid, I didn’t necessarily have the complete handle on what those moral judgements I was passing implied as a whole, but it was a gut feeling that seemed to guide me well.
As I consider the lyrics to his song now, myself, as a grown man, as I enter into his mindset, considering some of the trials he had, addiction, abuse, a life of wild excesses, I see it truly for what I believe he intended it to be; a heartfelt poem of thanks, maybe rough around the edges, but nevertheless an expression to GOD, of a man in a humble state.
Why Me Lord? – It Resonates With Me
Why me LORD? what have I ever done…to deserve even one, Of the blessings I’ve known.
It resonates with me. And I’m glad that it does.
And as we walk day by day, how good it is to be reminded of his grace, by the various things, People, … experiences that we encounter, whether it be a walk in a quiet place, or scurrying through a crowded mall. It’s good to be taken aback, and to be humbled by the greatness of God.
The bible reminds us “not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought, but to think soberly. We’re reminded in another verse, to condescend to men of low esteem.
We Should Be Thankful
How thankful we should be today, that Christ has shown us the way, not only the way of salvation (praise be to GOD) but the road of service and humility.
Lord help me today, to be ever in that place of having a humble spirit, a desire to put others before myself, a desire to condescend “in that GOOD way”, and to take the back seat as it were, that Christ might be exalted above all.
The bible reminds us to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of all things in Christ Jesus.” The more we grow, the more we’re taken to a place of awe”, at the blessings we find in the GOD who loves us beyond all that we can even fathom. May his spirit of grace shine in us, and through us, and may we be drawn ever closer to him, as he reveals himself through his word, through his people, and through his spirit, “bearing witness with our spirits, that we are the children of God.”
Brad was born and still resides in a small community in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Karen raised their 3 children. Brad & Karen fellowship at the Greenland Bible Chapel, where Brad serves as an elder.
Brad loves meeting and engaging with people. His background in sales has provided opportunities to travel throughout the US and Canada, networking with people from all walks of life. Brad is a singer/songwriter, and has recorded 3 Christian albums. Songs from his “Brighter Day” release, have aired on Christian Radio stations across Canada and two of Brad’s albums are on HopeStreamRadio’s playlist.
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