HIS Radio’s annual Sharathon fundraiser is going on this week. It’s the time of year when we raise our operational budget. And since we’re asking people to support the ministry of HIS Radio I thought I would explain why I support HIS Radio. We always talk about how people turn on the radio and hear the perfect song at the perfect time. For me, sometimes that is Jamie Grace’s “Do Life Big”, when Ineed a boost of energy to keep doing what God has called me to do. Sometimes that’s Building 429’s “Where I Belong” because this world seems so crazy and I feel like I don’t fit in. But a few months ago one of the songs we play on HIS Radio jumped out of the radio and into my life.
My family was eating dinner and suddenly my son, 2 years old at the time, started singing Matt Maher’s song “Because He Lives.” My husband and I looked at each other. “Did you teach him that?” I asked. “No, did you?” my husband responded. We both got tears in our eyes as little Sammy belted out those words, “Amen! Amen! I’m alive, I’m alive because He lives!” Of course, alive sounds more like “a-libe” but we knew what he was singing. And we knew where he learned it– HIS Radio.
Here’s the thing you may not know. My amazing son has severe speech delays. I waited two years to hear “mommy” and even longer for an “I love you.” Despite two sessions a week with a wonderful speech therapist and a seemingly unending effort to get him to say words his peers were saying long ago, most things just didn’t seem to stick. So when he began to belt out the lyrics to a song he only knew because he’s exposed to HIS Radio for hours each day, my heart nearly exploded.
I went deeper and I looked up the lyrics to the rest of the song. And what I realized was that God just may be using that song to do more than teach my son. I think He was using it to speak encouragement to me. One verse says:
Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone
I know He holds my life my future in His hands
When my son was born three years ago doctors gave us a whole list of things that weren’t quite right. I didn’t know what to expect, how he would develop, what was in store. The last three years have been a constant lesson in trust and giving God control. But how amazing is it that God was able to use my son, despite how limited his communication can be, to tell me that He holds my life, and my son’s life, our future, in His hands? So if you support HIS Radio, thank you! Thank you for being a part of the reason the Word of God is already impressed into the heart of my sweet Sammy.