Summary: How to deal with our troubles.

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Trouble In My Way

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41; John 14:1-6


When I was growing up, the church choir that I sung in sang several songs that dealt with troubles. One of the songs that one of my favorites was “Trouble In My Way”. That song, even from the time that I was a pre-teen, always ministered to my spirit. I cannot tell you why except I guess I used to think I had a lot of troubles when I was a child. As young as I was, I knew, based on songs like these, that no matter what I faced God would be there to take care of me. Let me share with you a few of the words of this song since some of you may not know it. For those of you who do, I am sure that this will bring back some memories. As the leader sung the words, the choir would repeat what the leader said to make a truly uplifting song.

“Trouble in my way (trouble in my way), I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes), trouble in my way (trouble in my way), I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes), I laid awake at night (I laid awake at night), But that’s all right (that’s all right), for I know that Jesus, (Jesus, He will fix it) after a while (after a while).”

Another song that we used to sing was “Soon I Will Be Done”. This song was sung slowly and I remember the version sung by Mahalia Jackson. She sung this song with such emotions that you knew it was coming from deep within her. Here are a few of the words:

“Soon I will be done with the troubles of this world, troubles of this world, the troubles of this world; Soon I will be done, with the troubles of this world, I’m going home to live with God. No more weeping and a wailing, no more weeping and a wailing, no more weeping and a wailing, going home to live with God.”

As you can see, the word expressed the feeling that although we are experiencing troubles on this side, the day will come when troubles will cease. There will be no crying nor sorrow for we will be in the presence of the Lord forever. These are songs that were sung in the Church. There are also secular songs that deal with troubles. Two classes of music that I am sure many of you are familiar with are the Blues and Country music. There is nothing like listening to the Blues when you are depressed or feeling down. Remember the song “They Call It Stormy Monday”? When you listen to that song, it tells you that Monday is stormy, Tuesday is just as bad, Wednesday is worse, and all Thursday is all so sad. Now if you are feeling bad on Monday and you listen to this song, you really have nothing to look forward to for the rest of the week. Blues and Country music can add to the deepness of your feelings of depression if you listen to them during those times. Ever heard the saying “misery loves company”? When you are feeling down and you’re listening to the Blues it is like the song understands what you are feeling and/or going through. In my personal opinion, the worse thing you can do when you are feeling down is listen to Blues and/or Country music. Yes it may help you understand that others know what you are going through, but it does nothing to lift you up.

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