During one of our cell group Bible studies, Rina chose this song for us to sing together. If you have ever been a fan of this song at some point in your life, you will have noticed the beauty, the truth and the comfort each verse, each line spells out. We had never sung it in our church before, so the members were just looking intently at the words and trying to sing along. When we came to the third verse –
‘Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.’
-two of the women started to cry. To help you understand the situation better, let me draw you a picture of who our group consisted of that day.
Altogether, we were 8. One man was a cripple in a wheelchair, one woman limped with the help of a big stick, one of the women recently had surgery in her eye because of Diabetes, and there was another woman whose husband is having an affair with another woman. One woman’s daughter is in jail and another is struggling very hard to make ends meet. On top of all these problems, they have recently started to face problems in the society because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
One of the women asked us why we call Jesus a ‘Friend’ since he was our God. This opened a great opportunity for us to talk about how Jesus is different from other kings of the world. We explained to them the meaning of John 15:15. We told them that just as we are able to talk to and share our problems to our closest friends; we can also share it to Jesus as a friend. He not only listens to our problems but also has the power to solve them for us. It was wonderful to see that for the first time they understood the significance of Jesus being their friend and they shed many tears of joy.
This song was written in 1855, yet the words still touch and encourage the hearts of Christians because Jesus is the best friend that anyone can have and he never changes