How I Got Over – When You Don’t Have To Know

“How I got over…My soul look back and wonder how I got over.” What I love about this song is that it glories in “not knowing.” I don’t know how I got over, in fact I look back and wonder. But the orientation of the singer of the song is instructive. You see the singer is on the other side of the problem. The singer is not in the midst of the mess, but she is on the other side looking back. She doesn’t just quickly move on to the next thing. No she stands there…She looks back. She glories.

Rock climber at sunset, Kalymnos Island, GreeceDo you look back at what you have been through? Do you glory over the issues that you have gotten over. Sometimes we are so into what is going on right now that we never look back and see how far we have come. The singer decided to take a look back not to live in the past, but just to recognize, “I don’t know how I got through, but God did id.”

Another thing that is interesting is that the singer was there before “getting over” and yet can’t figure out the process of “getting over.” She was in the midst of the mess before, She had navigated through the perils of the struggle, and yet even though she was there, she still can’t figure it out.

You see there must have been some added power and added strength from a supernatural source that allowed her to get through. This reminds us that we may be in the midst of overriding conditions and yet if God has the last word, we don’t have to see our way out. We don’t have to understand HOW we will get out. Even in the depths of a condition that it doesn’t seem like we can struggle out of, we can get out. Because my victory is not tied to my own knowledge and understanding.

God will take us out even if it is in such a way that we can’t even see the “taking out” happen.

You don’t have to “figure it out.” You may be approaching trouble, you may be in trouble, or maybe you are like the singer looking back at trouble, irregardless of where you are right now, the one who will never leave or forsake is there with us. Just remember to sing the song when you finally are in that glorious place of looking back and marveling at God’s unpredictability that works for our good.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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