Original post – “Keep Me” Story Behind the Song, 9/18/13:
“During the summer of 2004, my husband began looking into starting our own business. After praying and finding the Lord’s peace in this new venture, we decided on a franchise and began looking for a location. We found a spot and began the lease negotiations.
In the process of the negotiations, my husband felt led by the Lord to be closed on Sunday. This was kind of a scary step of faith, as we had already paid the franchise fee and this closure had to be approved by corporate in addition to being approved by the landlord, not to mention the closure of that day taking a bite out of our total income. If anyone said “no”, the whole venture was going to end for us, regardless of the money we had already invested.
The Lord gave me this song during this time of uncertainty and wondering what was going to happen. My journal entry that goes along with this song says,
‘We still haven’t found out for sure if the landlord is okay with us being closed on Sunday, but we will find out soon. Even so, it is so good to be resting in the Lord and trusting Him. Sometimes we can get ahead of God and lose the peace and it’s so good to just stop and see where we lost it.’
Everything ended up going through fine with those critical negotiations and decisions. Actually, we didn’t even end up opening our store in that first location, but at a different location three years later, in February of 2007. And wouldn’t you know it, that location was in a more corporate business area, so being closed on Sunday was no big deal, even income-wise. It was pretty dead around that area on the weekends.
That whole experience of owning and operating our own business is another story in itself. I’ll just say for now that we ended up selling it almost four years after we opened.
It’s kind of interesting to look back to those times which, at the time, seemed to be desperate and urgent, as if our very lives were hanging on by what happened or didn’t happen. Now, that whole “drama” seems somewhat insignificant, especially when I compare it to things we would later face in our lives. But that’s just part of the journey. Growing up and maturing in the Lord. It begins with the small things. And staying with God, right where He is, is so important – more than I can say.”
All glory to Jesus,