In God’s sovereignty my immediate family has lived a life of relative peace and stability. But I know for my wife and I, the past 6 months have been a season where we have lived near to those who have experienced great suffering. From cancer, to miscarriage, to the death of children and mothers: one thing we know about this world is that it is broken. This reality is what stirred me to write a post a few months ago addressing how I was preparing for seasons of suffering which will hit closer to home.
I recently began listening to rapper Tedashii’s new album “Below Paradise.” The premise of his album is that we live a life below paradise, a world of hurt, waiting for an ultimate redemption. Being a new dad, and with baby number two on the way, his album hit me with a great weight. For Tedashii, it is more than an album, it’s his first release since the tragic death of his one year old son in 2013.
This song, the final one on the record, brings me to tears as I listen to his pain, but hold onto his hope. I want to share it with you and I want it to challenge and encourage you in the same way it has me. Even if you aren’t into hip hop, they lyrics of this track should stir our hearts as Christians. I hope when trials break into our reality we can grieve properly, but more importantly I pray we can cling to Christ with certainty amidst the unknown (or in Tedashii’s lyrics “chase him”).
“Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.”