Same God

So, here I am again, having gone on a long hiatus from blogging. Whoops… Life happens I guess.

And here I am at 1:50 am wide awake, mind racing. So all of you get to benefit (or suffer through) whatever this post may become.

I love music. It should come as no surprise. I’ve used song lyrics and music videos in many of my posts. I love the way music can so easily reflect what I am feeling. How lines in a song, or sometimes entire songs, can say what my heart and head can’t make sense of. I love the rhythm of songs, the chorus and repetition.

I was a band geek in high school. That shouldn’t surprise you one bit. I love music. music with lyrics, music without. Music with up beat rhythms or slower.

Don’t ask me the name. Don’t ask me all the lyrics most times. I probably don’t know. In my head I’m somewhere else when I’m listening to music. I notice the instruments, I notice the repetition, I notice the message. And eventually, after hearing the same song a thousand times, I pick up enough to find the song.

Today’s song is different. I am sure I’ve heard it a few times before, but the first time I really heard it; the first time I heard it and actually heard the words; it stopped me dead in my train of thought. It stopped me dead in the feelings I was unable to explain. As I listened to the song, tears falling, it brought me to my knees praying because of how God was using the song to speak to me. And since that day, this song has been one of those life-describing, where-I-am-at songs.

This song so best describes what I can’t say myself.

It came on hours after receiving a difficult email: a friend-like-family was being put on hospice. A young man whose life is, as many would say, “being cut short.” A young man I’ve watched grow up the past few years. A young man who is like a little brother. The email described the time their family is entering, described as fearless dying. The email described their hope, their trust in God and their knowledge that he is there.

Here I was struggling with my own feelings of grief, and this song came up on the radio echoing the family’s words.

So take all the fear and doubt
Go on and lay them down

Everything happens for a reason
There’s a time, there’s a place
For every season
He knows what’s best for you
So don’t be afraid

This song came into my life during a time where I was feeling very introspective, looking back on the last several months. It came on just as I was realizing how God really has been working in my life. I knew he was there, I knew he was working, but I LOVE looking back and seeing how it all ties together.

The same God who was with you then is with you now
The same God who led you in will lead you out

God hasn’t gone anywhere. He isn’t going anywhere. Even if we begin to question the “why” of hard times. Even in the face of death and illness. He’s there. He’s got a plan. It may not make sense today, but God has you.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Life has been good the last few months. I have seen God at work in some amazing ways. He has blessed me with an amazing community– something a year ago I ached for, I cried out to God for. He has brought me through.

Praying you can see how the Same God is with you today, that was with you then. Praying you can see how the Same God is working in your life.

 The Same God lyrics are property of Newsong. All rights reserved.

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Day 26: Five Minute Friday: Voice

Today I am linking up with 5 minute Friday over with Lisa-Jo Baker.

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Just five minutes of blogging.

Lisa-Jo puts it up a topic a minute after midnight on Fridays. I wasn’t able to stay up that late last night due to the dreaded colds that come with winter, so here is mine, 25 minutes after 12…noon… 🙂

Voice

One of my favorite books is called The Voice. I’m drawing a blank as to who it is by and my five minute timer may go off before I’m able to. But you should look for it. I will try to update later who it is by.

It’s a picture book. But I would say it’s probably aimed more at older children.

I love it, and I’m 27.

The cover of the book shows a guy sitting in a boat. As the story goes on This guy (who is never named) is fishing. The Voice starts talking to him, telling him that He loves him.

The guy tells the voice to go away, he’s fishing.

Soon the boat springs a leak and the guy blames the Voice. He plugs it with a foot and other hole appears.

The boat begins to sink and the Voice says: Follow Me.

In the end the Voice convinces the guy to get out of his boat and follow him. The guy takes a big breath and pulls his feet out. The next page is black indicating that the guy has closed his eyes. The Voice tells him to open them and when he does we see that he is walking on water.

Obviously the Voice is Jesus.

I love how Jesus calls us.

How he calls us to follow Him.

And this guy shows the emotions that we all so often feel when God is calling us to some uncharted territory: Fear. Distrust. And sometimes we blame God when doors get closed.

But like the guy realizes at the end of the book: When we trust and follow God, we can walk on water!

What is God calling you to step out into? What ways are God asking you to Follow Him?

Stop

Amazon came through just in the knick of time!

 

 

31 Days:Day 10

“Fear is a strange thing.” – Jack, “Lost” Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

Don’t hate me when I say that I never watched a single episode of “Lost” before today. I never was one who got into the trends that everyone else was. I never cared too much about the popular brands, or the popular shows. I liked what I liked and that was that.

That being said, today was the first time I ever watched “Lost.” Thanks to Netflix.

I was really struck by this first episode. Especially the quote listed above: “Fear is a strange thing.” Fear is a strange thing.

Fear cripples people.

Fear holds people hostage.

Fear slows people down.

Fear causes any myriad of emotions.

In this episode we see fear in several ways.

Kate is afraid of what’s happened, she’s afraid to hurt Jack while she sews him up.

The oriental couple become reclusive, the man telling the woman she’s not to leave his sight, not to talk to anyone else.

The woman in the flash back is afraid of flying, and we see her in fear as the turbulence gets worse.

Fear keeps Boone’s sister from moving from her spot, eating anything. “They’re coming” she says.

They are afraid of the noises and the moving they keep hearing and seeing in the jungle.

In our own lives, outside of planes falling from the sky and being stranded on an island, we fear a lot. People are afraid of the dark, spiders, snakes, heights, there are phobias for just about anything you can imagine.

Fear

It’s a universal emotion.

The disciples were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water.

Jonah was afraid to follow God’s command to go to

Moses was afraid of God’s call.

Countless people, countless times in the Bible, people were afraid.

The word “fear” is in the Bible approximately 400 times. The Bible tells us not to fear, in so many or not so many words, approximately 365 times. The Bible tells us to fear and love the Lord. People in the Bible were afraid of Jesus walking on the water to them. They were afraid of storms, angels coming to them, and of doing God’s work.

If we lived our lives in constant fear, what would we miss out on? If we constantly feared failure, would we ever attempt anything? If we constantly feared rejection, would we ever have friends? If we constantly feared, would we not be missing out on a life well lived?

What a comfort it is to know that the Lord our God is ALWAYS with us! What a comfort it is to know that because of Christ we do not need to be afraid! What fear is keeping you from doing God’s will?

I can’t help but be thankful that when I am afraid God is with me. I can’t help but be thankful that I don’t have to live in fear when I trust that God is strong when I am weak. Following Christ means I don’t have to be afraid because HE is always with me!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6