by Maverick City Music featuring Naomi Raine
I don’t think I know a single person who has not experienced challenges during this period of time. If may be financial, emotional, physical or mental, but almost everyone I know is going through something or has gone through something over the last few months.
Fine, maybe you haven’t really gone through something too bad, but I am sure you have had some thoughts about what is going on. Why are things the way they are? Or, you felt some kind of way about your plans for 2020 that have now been cancelled or changed.
Personally, I fall into the latter category. I had plans for 2020 and I expected big changes this year. Yes, I know the year is not over; however, I anticipated the majority of these changes to happen in the beginning of the year. But God has made me take several seats and that has not been easy.
I have enjoyed the break – the rest – you could say. But I am ready for things to change. I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and He has a bigger plan for my life than I could ever imagine. I get excited about all the things I know He is working out for good (Romans 8:28), but at the same time, I get really impatient and anxious. I have to constantly remind myself to be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6).
As an aside, I recently heard someone preach about this Philippians verse in a way I had never heard before. She said that a lot of the time, we are looking for the next thing (which we are anxious about) to give us value. For example, getting a promotion shows our supposed worth and proves that we are hard workers and that all our hard work paid off. But instead of looking at it that way, we need to realize that our value is already established in Christ and that “thing” cannot add any more value to our lives. In the grand scheme of things, Christ is the end all, be all. That’s another topic for another day…back to the song of the month.
I heard this song about two weeks ago and I thought it was perfect for the times we are in. It is definitely the encouragement I need to know that God is working in the midst of things. I will be able to look back on this time (because believe me, it will pass, even though it is hard to see that right now) and see His hand moving on my behalf. I hope this song brings you as much encouragement as it has for me.
The hour is dark
And it’s hard to see
What you are doin’
Here in the ruins
And where this will lead
Oh but I know
That down through the years
I’ll look on this moment
See your hand on it
And know you were here
And I’ll testify of the battles you’ve won
How you were my portion when there wasn’t enough
I’ll sing a song of the seas that we crossed
The waters you parted
The waves that I walked
OH OH OH My God did not fail
OH OH OH it’s the story I’ll tell
OH OH OH I know it is well
OH OH OH is the story I’ll tell
Believing gets hard
When options are few
When I can’t see how you’re moving
I know that you’re proving
You’re the God that comes through
Oh but I know
That over the years
I’ll look back on this moment
And see your hand on it
And know You were here
All that is left is highest praises
So sing hallelujah to the Rock of Ages
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you all stay safe!
Till next time.