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 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.

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.” 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. God will take us out even if it is in such a way that we can’t even see the “taking out” happen. We may not even be able to see God’s doing it.

In addition, the song celebrates not just being on the other side, but realizing that I just can’t figure out how God got me out of that situation. The song provides hope to those of us approaching or who are in the midst of trouble for it reminds us that when we get on the other side, the glory is that God’s marvelous unpredictability will be used for our good. And we can do is marvel at God’s sovereignty as well as goodness.


Posted in God, Goodness, Gospel Songs, Mahalia Jackson, Midst, Orientation, Sovereignty, Unpredictability
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