Saturday, May 16, 2009

Walk by Faith

Do you know the story behind this song? It goes something like this:
(by Kim Jones from

Jeremy Camp was leading worship all over Southern California. It was at one of those shows that he met his future wife. He was playing for a small Bible study group in the San Diego area where he was living when he noticed her. “I started to play a worship song and she raised her hands high above her head to praise God,” Jeremy recalls. “I was in awe of this woman who obviously loved Jesus so much.”

They spent that summer getting to know each other better, but after four months of dating, Melissa wanted to break up. She knew that God was preparing her for something and needed time with Him. Jeremy was heart broken, but he threw himself into his work and his ministry thrived. Before long, he was called to the see Melissa, then 20, who had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “I walked into the hospital and she was just beaming,” Jeremy recalls. “You could tell she wasn’t bummed out. She was just trusting the Lord. It was amazing.”

Five months later they married but during their honeymoon, she started having stomach problems. Doctor's said she only had months to live.On Feb. 5, 2001, Melissa went to be with the Lord. As she took her last breath, Jeremy and her family began worshipping God, singing the same songs they had played during her hospital stays. “I didn’t want to do it,” he says, “but I knew I was learning something about obedience.” Melissa's wish was for her death to impact others for Christ - and it is.

Fast forward a few years and you'll find Jeremy happily married with two beautiful daughters, nine No. 1 back to back radio hits under his belt and numerous awards.

He's on top, but this is a man who has been to the bottom ... and allowed God to bring him back up.

Will I believe you when you say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to RID my endless fears
You've been so faithful for all my years
With the one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

yeah, yeah , yeah, yeah, ya

well i will walk by faith
even when i cannot see
because this broken road
prepares your will for me

Well I'm broken- but I still see Your face
Well You've spoken- pouring Your words of grace

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me
Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Hallelujah, hallelu

I will walk by faith, I will walk by faith,
I will walk by faith
I will walk by faith, I will walk by faith,
I will walk by faith
I will walk by faith, I will walk by faith,
I will walk by faith
I will walk by faith
I will walk,I will walk
I will walk, I will walk by faith

God, help me to walk by faith on this broken road.


Billy Coffey said...

Amazing. What faith and what obedience. I'll never listen to that song the same way again.

Nick the Geek said...

Yeah I met him a while back. He offered me free tickets to his concert but I couldn't make it. Sometimes having kids and responsibilities to not just run off to concerts without them sucks.

Helen said...

That was truly amazing. I hope my faith is never tested like that.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Who doesn't want to have faith like that?

"I believe; help my unbelief!" -- Mark 9:24

Annie K said...

Wow, I never knew that. Pretty awesome testement to faith.

Joanne Sher said...

WOW - so VERY powerful. I agree - I'll never listen to that song the same again.

Nick the Geek said...

Hey I know I commented once already but I have to get it out of the way early or katdish gets all moody on twitter about thinking I haven't read what she wrote. Sometimes I'm busy with my kids running around the yard nekkid and can't write at the time.

This kinda reminds me of the story behind one of my favorite hymns. It is Well with my Soul.

Horatio Spaford knew the real Jesus not just Super Jesus. That is how he could write this while passing by the place his daughters had died in the Atlantic Ocean.

For details see the wik article.

Jennifer said...

Jeremy Camp inspires. I "stumble by faith", and have not had to endure near the heartache that Jeremy has.

He walks.
I stumble.

But we're both headed home.

Thanks for sharing, katdish.

Tina said...

This one has been my theme song lately, thanks for posting the story about it

So often in life the good things don't come easy. like a diamond formed from tremendous pressure, faith often comes from great pain but just like diamonds the result is something so very precious and incredibly strong!!

I love your blog, your sense of humor always lifts my day. My life has been filled with doom and gloom lately so it's good to get away and laugh a bit.

In Him,

Liz said...

I love this story. I heard Jeremy, in concert, years and years ago, before he was married to his current wife...and he told this story. It was one of the most amazing nights of my life. I met Jeremy in person that night, and I knew Jesus' joy was something that could be available through any and all tragedies! Thank you for sharing this story!