February 17, 2017

From the time I was very little Mom always had music playing in our house. As I got a little older, I had my own radio and record player in my room. I loved to sit and listen to music all the time. Music has always been a comfort to me in hard times, a joy to me in times of celebration, and a source of memories in time of loss or loneliness.

Several months ago, I was going through a very rough time with illness and I was feeling down. One day I was driving home from a doctor’s appointment and I heard a song on KLOVE. The song caught my attention immediately. I was so drawn to the song that I pulled my car over and parked so I could really listen to it. The song was “Mended” by Matthew West.

When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
When you see too far gone
I see one step away from home

When you see nothing but damaged goods
I see something good in the making
I’m not finished yet
When you see wounded, I see mended

You see your worst mistake
But I see the price I paid
There’s nothing you could ever do, to lose what grace has won

When I heard these words in the song I truly felt like God was speaking to me, telling me how He looks at me. As I listened to the song it brought tears to my eyes. I realized at that moment that I needed to stop letting my illness and the things around me define who I was. I needed to see myself as God sees me and not let my circumstances define me.

I want to encourage everyone to try and see yourself through God’s eyes. Do not the eyes of this world and your temporary conditions define who you are! You are not broken and wounded, you a child of God. You are defined by the love and grace of God. You are, “good in the making.”

Lee Ann Simpson, Asbury Campus Administrative Assistant