Interior Content from the
Original “Trust” CD Project,
Phil Lazo, February, 2003
(Jesus said,) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25
It was bedtime on a cold winter night in February of 2001, and my then 6-year- old daughter Lindsay-Grace used her charming wiles to convince me to stay after “lights out” to listen to one of her favorite Bible story tapes with her. The selection of the evening was Frank Peretti’s (aka “Mr. Henry’s) rendition of the story of Abraham and Isaac. (Genesis 22:1-18) While she laughed at the one-liners and sound effects, I was profoundly struck by thought of “What if I were tested by God, and had to choose between my earthly joys and comforts versus following the Lord (with the possibility of losing my child). At the conclusion of the story, I kissed my girl goodnight and (quite choked up by this time) went to my music room and penned the words to the song “Trust”.
A few days later, we moved to a new home across town. Lindsay-Grace, of course, blossomed in her new surroundings and made many new friends. Throughout second grade, she became close with a sweet girl Rebecca who lived right around the corner. Lindsay-Grace was sad when Rebecca moved away the following summer, but was thrilled to receive an invitation to her sleepover birthday party on January 17th -18th, 2003.
My wife Karen drove Lindsay-Grace an hour and a half to the party that Friday evening and gave her a quick peck on the cheek good-bye as she darted through the house with her friends. Little did Karen realize that was the last time she would see her alive.
The next morning, we heard the news that is every parent’s nightmare: As Rebecca’s father was driving Lindsay-Grace back from the sleepover, the car crashed and our daughter and Rebecca’s precious sister Amanda were killed instantly. Both girls were only 8 years old.
We were numb. It just did not seem real. Lindsay-Grace was such an integral part of our family and we could just not fathom how our lives could be without her. However, in the midst of being at the crash site, identifying her body and giving her our last kisses in the hospital, and planning her memorial service and burial, we were just filled with a sense of calm – with an uncanny “peace that transcends understanding” (Philippians 4:7). My wife and I are Christians, and although the love for our daughter and two sons has always been intensely deep, our children have never been the total center of our universe nor the foundation of our lives. That place of honor belongs only to God, “my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer… in whom I take refuge” (Psalm 18:2). Consequentially (as it says in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9), “we are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair…struck down, but not destroyed.”
We had an incredible “Celebration of Life” service filled with worship music, sharing, slides of our happy girl, balloons and even goodie bags for the kids. I played the song “Trust” that morning (how appropriate it had become) and have since been overwhelmed by the requests to get copies of it. Thus, this CD was born.
At this writing, it’s been two weeks since the accident. Although tears are shed every day, we are constantly filled with profound joy as 1) we know that Lindsay-Grace is in heaven and 2) we are seeing how the Lord is using the impact of this situation to bring people to Him. Our prayer for those listening to these words is that each person will build their lives solely upon Jesus Christ (the ROCK) before the storms come – and discover the peace, joy, and hope that come only from a friendship with Him. (John 3:16 and Matthew 7: 24-27)