Monthly Archives: October 2012

Glorious.

God’s goodness has been on my mind recently. Events in my life, as well as in the lives of others around me, as brought about an awareness of His divine presence in every minute we exist here on this earth.

Yet, despite His omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent nature surrounding us, we still live imperfect lives. Sometimes, this is our own doing; our disobedience. Sometimes, we experience pain inflicted by others. And sometimes, we experience pain and suffering for no other reason than the mere fact we are human.

I was driving our van through our town a few days ago with my six-year-old son Ian, and four-year-old daughter Ana. I always have the radio on. We play a wide variety of music in our household and car, but on this day I turned to Praise 106.5, our local Christian radio station. My kids love music, but I’m the only one who tends to sing along most of the time.

From the backseat, from the sweet, angelic voice of my daughter, I heard the words, “You make everything glorious, You make everything glorious, You make everything glorious…” My daughter never sings along to the radio. Sometimes she’ll make up songs, about trees and alpacas, but this was the first time I had heard her join in song with the radio.

Instantly, I felt like God was speaking through my daughter. She didn’t know what she was singing, but it took her voice for me to fully realize what was being sung on the radio.

To be honest here… we are not glorious. We are not righteous. We are depraved, fallen, suffering, bitter, poor, helpless… weak. Those who turn to Christ are willing to accept this truth about ourselves, and turn to the One who can lift us out of this mess.

When we turn to Jesus, the One whose glory and beauty shines in the darkness, we become glorious because He shines on us. When we suffer and choose to turn to Christ, His radiant light burns from within us. When we acknowledge our downfalls and mistakes, and turn our faces to God, He illuminates the dark void that once existed around us. And you know, even when we’re feeling on top of the world and everything’s going our way, He STILL shines brighter.

Christ makes everything glorious, because nothing can truly be dark when He is part of our lives. Sure, things will be hard. But I say again, NOTHING can truly be dark when the Light of the world is present.

I’ve attached the link to the video on Worship Together Now. I’m not one for cheesy radio recordings, so I’m a big fan of this raw cut from an interview with David Crowder. Be sure to watch the actual video and listen.

http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=559864

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Plans.

As I typed out the title to this post, my mind went immediately to a verse that is, for me, a very pivotal verse in my journey as a person (well, as opposed to a giraffe I guess). As I looked it up to be sure I had the wording correct, I realized it was the verse of the day on the website I usually use. Coincidence? The rest of the world might think so.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..” Jeremiah 29:11

I’m one of those faithful ones. I pray when people get hurt, or are dying or sick. I pray fervently when people struggle with infertility or marital instability. I believe firmly that God DOES have the power to miraculously heal, audibly speak, and inexplicably transform us when we least expect it. I desire for people to know just how powerful God really is, and I know the only way people fully understand this is when they have experienced or witnessed His indescribable phenomenons.

I also desire for people to know that our perceived “dead ends” aren’t truly what they seem. The way I see it, is that when I’ve reached the end of the path and all I see is an open sky and a hundred foot cliff beneath my feet, I know there’s a reason.

It has been an interesting year. One of change, improved perspectives, massive life changes, and character growth I didn’t expect to experience. I’ve watched people I care about go through some trials, victories, miracles, some redemptive life circumstances… and its just so interesting to see this ebb and flow of all of us doing our best to make sense of it.

The best part though, is that we don’t have to make sense of it. We don’t have to figure things out. I wonder what would happen if we waited patiently for God to give us direction, rather than making assumptions and taking off down an unknown path that may possibly lead to destruction.

I love the next few verses in this passage: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”

He is a God who listens, a God who cares, a God who wants us to find Him. I believe that in being patient and believing in His unfaltering plan, He will move in our lives and transform life as we know it. But this doesn’t always mean we will experience good! We have to trust that as we seek Him and follow that path, the hope and future He promises is just around the corner.

As I set one foot in front of the other, I would like to think instead of looking ahead and trusting in my own faulty judgment, I am looking upward and seeking to walk by faith.