Today is a day for this song:
When circumstances are more than I can bear, this song brings me back to where I belong — in the grip of the simple, yet powerful truth of the chorus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of His glory and grace.
Today is a day for this song because on Saturday, July 19th, Felicia Floyd, the sweet daughter of my dear friends, Tim and Carol, went home to be with the Lord.
I’m dedicating this Monday Music to Felicia — the truth of this song has never been more real to her.
You, dear Felicia, truly are looking full in the wonderful face of Jesus now.
All the struggles you faced as you battled Spinal Muscular Atrophy have grown strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
While the love and memory of your family and friends is still a vibrant part of your being, the things of earth are not.
The wheelchair is growing strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace as you walk — yes, walk — with your Savior and your brother Luke, who you’ve not seen in 15 years. What a sweet reunion.
Whatever any of us face — no matter what — we must not doubt we can stand strong as we turn our eyes off of the things of this world and onto Jesus Christ, as Felicia did.
We must look full in His wonderful face.
We can’t glimpse to the left or the right, but rather keep our eyes fixed on Him.
Yes, there is trouble to our left and maybe even on our right, but we can’t gaze on those.
They’re nothing in the face of Christ.
They are powerless before Him.
Felicia’s disease was very real and lasting, but her faith was more real, more lasting, and more powerful.
And Felicia’s faith was rewarded with a joy no disease could steal.
As we fix our gaze on Jesus, the things of earth will grow strangely dim.
It is there that we realize there’s no pit so deep that God’s arm is not long enough to reach us and pull us out.
There’s no difficulty too complex for Christ to solve — it’s all equally easy to Him.
There’s not one of us who can stray so far from His love that His love can’t reach us and draw us back into His arms.
No matter where your trial takes you today, turn your eyes upon Jesus and get back to where you belong — out of the darkness and into the light of His glory and grace.
If you know someone who might be encouraged by this song and Felicia’s message, will you please share it with them today?
And pray for the Floyd family! You are deeply missed, Felicia.
Visit FriendsofFelicia.org to honor Felicia and continue to help families of children with similar needs as Felicia, who battled spinal muscular atrophy. (The website will be updated after the family has had proper time to honor Felicia and draw strength from the Lord.)
You may also “like” Friends of Felicia on Facebook to spread her message and help others in similar need.