I was given this song while ministering to some men in the Prince Albert Correctional in 1976. I cried, and they cried. I felt for them and they with me. God only knows how this song affected them in time.
Life’s a road that is hard to travel when you’re lonesome;
Everybody just wants to do his own thing.
And it’s hard when you don’t know just where you’re going
‘Cause when you’re through, you don’t know what the end will bring.
I’ve got a Friend Whom I know I can always count on
And that Friend will never let you down.
He’ll take you by your hand just as you are and guide you
And at the end of that road you’ll have a crown.
Some people think they’ve gone too far and there’s no hope left.
Some say they’ve tried most everything to no avail,
But let me tell you friend, I know I’ve got the answer:
Only Jesus Christ can help you on life’s trail.
Now when you hear His voice and take His invitation,
He’ll tell you who you are and where you’re heading to,
And He’ll fill your heart with love and joy and laughter
And with peace that passes understanding too.
Prince Albert, SK; June 1976
We encountered an incident wherein religious people, friendly and all, counseled us to reconsider an undertaking we knew was the Lord's leading. We were learning that Satan's servants are ever there, with Bible under arm, God's praises on their lips, prepared to do battle "with love." The strange thing is that while I recall the Lord giving me what to say to these people, I do not recall what those words were, so occupied I was with learning another lesson.
On September 24, 1996, Marilyn prophesied that the Lord was taking me, as He did Moses, for trespass, and that He had a ministry in the next world for me even as He had for Moses (as was seen on the mount of transfiguration). There came a resignation on my part, with sadness, and in this circumstance came this song which expresses that God does have a place reserved for saints. It is the destination of every believer, the goal of his spiritual trials and journey.
It seemed we were saying farewell to all things of our past, not just human friends or acquaintances. It also seemed I was prophesying a parting in the future but which would come to an end, never to happen again.