Mitch McVicker and Mother Goose — Part One

Well, surprise, surprise! Mother Goose had another grand adventure last night! We were blessed beyond measure in seeing Mitch McVicker in concert at the Elburn Hill Church way out there in Elburn, Illinois. A forty mile drive during Friday rush hour was a small price to pay for a musical evening with this dear old friend.

Not that my friend is old…

Mitch has been touring the country for close to twenty years — our friendship began about fifteen years ago when he was still recovering from injuries he suffered as a result of a tragic car accident which took the life of his friend, Rich Mullins. Rich flew away that night on a dark Illinois highway, but the Lord left Mitch here with us, though for the longest time, he couldn’t answer the question of “why?”

Why would God take a man who is on the top of his career, with songs and albums all over the Christian Top 40 charts, making millions of dollars from royalties and giving it all away to charitable causes and Native American children? It didn’t make sense to Mitch then just as it didn’t make sense to so many other people in September 1997 and since that time.

“But the faithfulness of Jesus persists.”

After nearly a year of physical therapy and hard work, Mitch recovered his voice, his vision, his mobility and his love of life. He rises each day full of hope and faith and love — he gladly shares his story of healing. And God gladly uses Mitch’s story to bring hope and healing to others.

Others includes Mother Goose.

It was the hot summer of 2002 and the place was Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was Lifest, a family-friendly festival of Christian music and Mitch McVicker was on the agenda of performing artists. Of course, Mother Goose was in the audience with her family. Though she was always glad to see her friend up on the stage, on this day the tears rolled down her feathery cheeks.

She was feeling overwhelmed and confused — she had recently received the news that she would be having another baby. Baby number six at the age of forty-four.

In the heat and humidity of that outdoor concert, Mother Goose could only bow her head and pray that she and the baby would be healthy, that the family would be accepting of this new and exciting yet completely unexpected and soon-to-arrive gift from above. Mother Goose had feelings of inadequacy, feelings of loneliness, feelings of confusion, but mostly feelings of fear.

What if the baby wasn’t healthy? What if being in the “expectant way” triggered an MS flare up? What if her husband couldn’t provide for this growing family in an unstable economy? How could she manage all the needs of the older children and still meet the demands of a new baby? What in the world was God thinking?

I do not think that Mitch could see or read my face from up there on the stage, but he began to introduce a new song that he had just written. It was called “Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled”. He explained in his homey way how he doesn’t like to write songs from God’s perspective because he doesn’t feel qualified to put words in God’s mouth. And yet, here he was doing just that. The words he sang came straight from the Gospel of John, straight from the lips of Jesus. And they were headed straight for the heart of Mother Goose.

This is Jesus speaking:

Even in your roughest times you won’t be overcome.
So when that ache bites your heart feel my love.

If you are wondering if I’m around
I have never left your side.
You are never by yourself.
You are not alone tonight.

Chorus
So now don’t you let your heart be troubled.
The peace I bring to you is not of this world.
I set your mind at ease, I quiet down your soul.
I give you peace, don’t let your heart be troubled.

I can dry your tear filled eyes.

I can hear your heavy heart.
So don’t you be afraid tonight.
My light is shining through your dark.

If you’re wondering where I’m at now,
In your despair I’m gonna be your hope.
I am always there, you’re never ever by yourself.
You are not alone.

Chorus

I can still your swirling soul.
In your darkness my light grows.
Don’t let your heart be troubled,
I give you peace

Ten years later, here’s the “gift from above” with Mitch and yours truly, Mother Goose.

Mitch, AR and me

The faithfulness of Jesus persists…

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roberta
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 20:34:10

    I had no idea that Rich had a passenger in the vehicle…When I heard about him I cried as though I had lost a very close friend and I only knew him by his music and the beauty of Christ in him…

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    • Natalie
      Mar 03, 2013 @ 13:45:56

      Roberta, so many people loved Rich as though he was their best friend. Mitch has never said if he was a passenger in the Jeep or the driver, but it really doesn’t matter. In fact, he has no real memory of six weeks prior to that night or six weeks following that awful night. One thing is most certainly clear though — the legacy of Rich Mullins lives on in the music of his friends.

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  2. Bunn
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 09:28:45

    And she is such a gift from above!!

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  3. Patty Hebert
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 15:56:10

    Such a beautiful gift and testament of faith. Can’t wait to read Part 2,

    Reply

    • Natalie
      Mar 05, 2013 @ 09:10:10

      I cannot imagine life without my “baby” gosling, Patty. From the moment I heard that song, I had great peace that everything would be OK, and God is faithful to keep His promises, for sure.

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  4. Three Well Beings
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 00:32:50

    What a wonderful story! I am so glad to learn just a little bit more about you, Mother Goose! Your Anna Rose is such a beauty! I’m glad to hear the Mitch is doing well. Rich was a “fixture” in Christian music, and continues to bless lives. I can see you have a wonderful friend in this relationship. oxo

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    • Natalie
      Mar 05, 2013 @ 09:11:24

      Thank you, Debra! I have certainly learned over the years that God’s plan is infinitely more wise and perfect than any plan that this old goose could orchestrate.

      Reply

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