Women’s Devotion | March 2019

Fields of Grace

What an awesome gift our Father has given us in music. It plays such a vital role in all our lives. Music can cheer us up, slow us down, cause us to pause and catch a glimpse of rest, impart tranquility, hope, peace, and yes, some music can even cause despair. It all depends on your listening choice.


When I was a child, everyone went to funerals. Listening to the songs that were sung, I began to form the opinion that the songs had to be extremely sad to fit that situation. I would even begin to imagine which ones would be best for my funeral because they would really make people cry!


You see even Saul, as king of Israel, knew the effect music had on people. When he was in a bad mood, down in the dumps, or in the valley of despair (so to speak), he would call on the young shepherd boy to play his lyre. Perhaps David sang some of his great psalms. When Saul heard the beautiful melody of hope, his attitude would change; he would feel refreshed, renewed and strengthened for another day. (1 Samuel 16)


One morning in the spring of a certain year, I awakened singing the chorus of a song that I could not remember ever hearing before. It was fixed in my mind and I had no idea as to when or where I had heard it. The spirit of the living God promises to bring to our remembrance the things we need when we need them most. I supposed it wasn’t important where it came from, just that my heavenly Father wanted me to get the message it contained and was deeply implanted in my spirit. He brought that little chorus with huge meaning back to my mind over and over. Every morning for weeks, the weeks turned into months, I would awaken singing it.


No doubt you know 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.” Not realizing this was the chorus of a “funeral song,” I began to embrace it and draw strength from it. It became a wonderful reminder and encouragement in the months to come to stay focused on my precious Savior and LORD.


Through Scripture we learn that the blessings come when the face of the Father is upon us. In turn, we must be willing to look full in His wonderful face to receive what we need. (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”)


My Father knew a difficult battle was coming that would shake my world to the very core. He also knew the only way to make it through this dark valley would be to “keep my eyes firmly upon Him,” stay in focus of His wonderful face and only then would the dreadful days of loss begin to grow dim and His glory begin to shine through them.


Losing my daughter and her newborn baby in an automobile accident seemed more than anyone could bear. But today, thanks to my loving Father, I have learned a new song. It didn’t come to me in the same way, but it is just as “real” and just as necessary as the first song.


It says, “Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace; Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace. There’s a place where I lose myself in Him…I love my Father my Father loves me; I dance for my Father my Father sings over me…And nothing, nothing, nothing can take that away from me.”


Upon hearing the words of this song a scene opened up in my mind’s eye: there it was a beautiful field of flowers, a burst of every color, all about knee high. In the middle of the field I dance with my heavenly Father. His glory is so amazing—every fear, every tear, every sorrow, every pain, every hurt—is gone in that place. You see each flower in that beautiful field represents another facet of His grace that has been revealed to me through this incredible journey of life through HIS field of grace.


Whatever situation you find yourself in today just know that the Father has grace enough to see you through. We are told in Zephaniah 3:17 NASV, “The Lord your God is in your midst a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy. He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”


The Hebrew word, “rejoice” means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.” The latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.”


The picture is a warrior who has come from battle victorious, rejoicing in the win! Your heavenly Father loves you so much that He has already fought the battle and won the victory for you. He is now dancing and singing the song of victory over you! Rejoice with HIM! Dance with HIM! The battle is won! Look back and see all those “Fields of Grace” He has brought you through!


Rita Harper has served as co-pastor with her husband, Bill, for the past 43 years. They currently pastor the Parkway Church of God in Jesup. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Kasey and her newborn, Brittany, tragically died in an automobile accident in 1991. Their youngest daughter, Kimmi, is married to Ashley Way, Pastor of the Adel Church of God. The Ways have given them three amazing grandchildren: Kodi, Kwinci, and Kayli. Rita has served as a teacher, speaker, and evangelist in various local, state/regional and national meetings. Their family has served as South Georgia Kids Camp Meeting speakers for eleven years and were the first ones to provide video of camp meeting services in South Georgia. Rita’s greatest desire is to please her Father and serve Him with her whole being.