[BEHIND THE LYRICS] ‘Haven’t Seen It Yet’

by Emily Medlock

I remember back in 2009 seeing the little-known Danny Gokey perform on American Idol. Something about him really got to me, but I didn’t give him a second thought after the show. He didn’t have the voice of Adam Lambert (who came in second) or the boy-next-door look that Kris Allen (the winner) had. But for a Christian artist to come in third…now, that was something. At the time, no one knew where he would go or what genre he would attach to. But here we are, ten years later, and he’s hitting the Christian Billboards with songs that can bring anything to their knees.

The first time I remember thinking: Wow, this man is anointed, was when I heard his 2016 hit “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”. The song is one that everyone should have on their playlist for those tough times when the past sneaks up on you. And as for his new song? Well, it’s another one to click that “add” button on because its message is even more relatable. Let’s break it down!

Have you been praying and you still have no answers?
Have you been pouring out your heart for so many years?
Have you been hoping that things would have changed by now?
Have you cried all the faith you have through so many tears?

This intro here is something we can all relate to. We know God answers prayers, but He doesn’t always answer them as quickly or even exactly how we want Him to. In fact, sometimes it feels like we’ve spent more time crying out to Him in fear, pain, and sorrow than we do celebrating.

Don’t forget the things that He has done before
And remember He can do it all once more

Has He ever failed you? Maybe in your mind. But think back…back to a time you didn’t think you’d get through. Did He bring you through that, holding your hand, or did He leave you in the dust? As Psalm 40:1-3 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

It’s like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

Is seeing believing or is believing seeing? As a Christian, we’re often obligated to agree with the latter. But you can’t always fool your own heart. Oftentimes, you need proof, you need something tangible to hold onto. We can’t humanly have faith 100% of the time. In fact, our faith will waver on a regular basis. Because God doesn’t always show Himself right away or directly. Sometimes, we think we aren’t being healed, because we just haven’t seen it.

You’re closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

Just one more day…one more breakdown…one more moment of pain. Perhaps that’s all it will take. It’s not for us to know, it’s for us to believe in Him even when we feel weak. The sun will rise again, and it may just be tomorrow. But can it rise when we won’t let go of the darkness?

He had the solution before you had the problem
He sees the best in you when you feel at your worst
So in the questioning don’t ever doubt His love for you
‘Cause it’s only in His love that you’ll find a breakthrough, oh

Imagine giving your child a math problem. A problem that you already know the answer to. The child may struggle, rant, and become quite frustrated. So why give it to them in the first place? You know there is no need for them to stress over such a simple problem. One that you could solve for them at any time. But you don’t hand it to them. You let them know there’s nothing to be afraid of and work with them to find the solution together…at their pace.

We can’t see it yet, but we believe that
He is moving with a love so deep
Hallelujah for the victory!

I pray that you come out of what you are going through right now stronger and closer to the Lord than ever. Maybe tomorrow the sun will rise. Maybe a miracle is just in your reach…you just haven’t seen it yet.

So keep praying, keep having faith, and keep owning up to the negative emotions that you may be feeling. If we can’t admit that we are losing faith, becoming angry, or holding onto the darkness, then it’s hard for us to let the sunrise. Or rather…let go…and let God. Letting go doesn’t mean we stop trying, but rather, that we keep trying and know that it isn’t in vain.

Emily Medlock is a freelance writer who specializes in video games, movies, viral content, Christianity, music and YouTube video scripts. Visit her online at emilymedlock.com/blog.

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