In life there are many questions that can’t be answered. Why are children abused? Why do good people suffer? Why do seemingly evil people prosper? The Psalmists these things in Bible times, just as we do today. In the book of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul tells us that these things will be answered in time, we just have to wait:
“Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
There is Southern gospel song with the same message. It’s called Farther Along. The authorship of this beautiful song is disputed, it has been recorded by many artists since it was first printed in a Church of God hymnal in 1911. My favorite is a version sung by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.
The study series we’re doing in our Sunday School class right now is about the challenges of life and how they can cause us to grow and mature in our faith. One type of challenge is dealing with life events we just don’t understand. Why do some lives contain so much tragedy? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do seemingly evil people prosper? These are questions most of us struggle with, and through that struggle we learn to trust God. The Bible tells us:
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
There is an old Southern Gospel song that addresses this issue. It says there are many thing we just won’t know until “Farther Along.” It has been recorded by many well known artists including Johnny Cash, Glenn Campbell, Elvis Presley. The version I like was done by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. I hope it strengthens your faith, and you enjoy it as I do. Follow the link below:
My husband I recently watched a documentary about the life of Charley Pride, I’m Just Me. In it Mr. Pride reminisced about his decision to make a new gospel record. He discussed this at home with his wife, who decided to phone Dolly Parton to see if she wanted help. Dolly was delighted and suggested that they work together on one of her songs. The outcome was Charley and Dolly recording a duet: a version of ‘God’s Coloring Book.’ It’s the first song on Charley’s record from 2006, titled ‘Pride and Joy: A Gospel Music Collection’ Meditate on this wonderful song as you experience the beauty of Spring today.