by Scott Savage
Can I make a confession?
When things fall apart in my life, I’m not calling the person who has never faced adversity. I’m not texting the person whose house is covered in cliched art – the one who forwards cheesy memes with puppies and flowers. I’m not sitting with the person who is “preachy.”
What about you? What happens when things fall apart in your life? Who do you invite into those moments? I have a gut feeling that you reach out to the people who have been through the fire and aren’t scared of the smoke.
We tend to ask for help from people who listen more than they talk; the ones who can just sit with us while we weep and grieve. Eventually, when we’re looking for hope, we long for a word of wisdom from the friend who has buried their child or overcome the betrayal of their spouse.
Tasha Layton is one of those kinds of people. The former American Idol contestant and backup singer for Katy Perry has released a new single entitled “Never.” She sings about a God who never lets us out of His care.
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Not for a second”
Layton knows this truth from personal experience. She has battled depression so intensely that a few years ago, she attempted to take her own life.
In an interview with JubileeCast, she said, “Growing up, I loved God and loved the church so much, so when I was so hurt within church it wounded me deeply. The story of that hurt is for another day, but those wounds coupled with a lot of humanistic philosophy I was exposed to in college caused me to find myself in a place of questioning. I didn’t want to wander, I just needed peace and truth and sought it out wherever I could find it…(However), the suicide attempt was the turning point. I knew then I couldn’t fight the battle alone. And at my lowest of low, I realized Jesus was the only One out of everything I’d experienced who offered true peace and any power to transform.”
Payton’s song is powerful because she writes from a place every listener and worshiper can relate to – the struggle!
“When this broken world is breaking me down
When my tears and knees both fall to the ground
When my questions make me doubt You more than ever”