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The Edge Of The Storm

June 5, 2008 1 comment

On Saturday night, we were on our way to Laurel, DE from Delmar to attend a birthday get together for a good friend.  As the picture shows, we passed through the edge of a terrible storm.  Like so many other ordinary things in life, it made me think.  All we were doing was driving to a birthday party and I’m thinking about the meaning of life. 

We were driving into the storm.  2 things should be noted here.  1, it was a very good friend and 2.  I’ve never been too bright.  Now, back to the meaning of life…  Behind us and to our right, we could actually see the edge of the storm.  If we remained focused on the storm, all we would have seen were dark terrible skies.  But as we looked around, we could see sunny skies and almost hear the singing birds.  Where we were was not what you would call a good place, complete with lightning crashing all around, howling winds, and blackened skies.  The storm was moving fast and we could literally see the end of the storm, but we had to look to find it.  If we had focused totally on the storm, we would have never seen that we were right on the edge.  We would not have spotted the sunlight shining. 

Obviously, not all storms are fast moving and most of the time, the change from storm to sunshine is more gradual.  But isn’t that just like life?  Some storms come quickly and pass just as quickly, leaving destruction in its path.  Other storms come in slowly and seem to stay over us forever.  One thing remains the same, no matter what kind of storm.  The sun always shines again.  Sometimes, it feels like 40 days of rain and other times, you wish that it was only 40 days. However, the sun always shines. 

As for our storm on Saturday, the storm passed through very quickly and we were grilling hot dogs and hamburgers within an hour of the great darkness. 

The picture is certainly not amazing photography.  I took it with a cell phone while we were traveling down the road at 50mph (and before you get concerned, my wife was driving), but I will keep a copy of it on my computer for quite a while to remind me that all storms pass. 

As I face the storms of life, both great and small, I know that they will pass.  I will try to take the time to look around to see if the sunshine is already in view and now I have a picture to remind me. 

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This Ordinary Life

May 17, 2008 Leave a comment

This is a song that I wrote in 2007.  It remains one of my favorites

Verse 1
Looking at the peices of this ordinary life.
I stand in awe and wonder how You knitted it together and I see it in a new light
I know that You’ve got more for me than simple ordinary things
But I’ve refused to see
You see my stuborness has kept me from falling away
But my stuborness keeps me from being free

Chorus
What You want from me is complete surrender but I won’t give You all of me
I give You my life a piece at a time and a piece at a time You set me free

Verse 2
Too old for revolution but I’m too young to die
I’m stuck here in the middle where I only give a little, it’s an evolutionary life
I wonder at what You would do if I’d give all of me to You
The things that I would see
 But I’m standing here crying about holding these chains
And You’re standing here trying to take these chains from me

Repeat Chorus
Tag
We will all fall short of Your Glory
But we must run this race until it ends
I know I can walk but I want to run to meet You
If I could just learn letting go gains everything, everything

Repeat Chorus

The two verses, chorus and tag contain enough content for me to preach about four sermons.  I have to laugh a little because I was once criticized by those who know more than I do about song writing because the song didn’t say how I would surrender everything to God.  I’ll write that song as soon as I figure it out myself.  I personally do not think that we can solve the world’s problems in 3 minutes and 14 seconds.  I have seen people sing things like “All to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all” and then go to the parking lot and have a cigarette.   

If we are honest with ourselves and God, we all have plenty of things that we hold onto.  What I have seen in my ordinary life is extraordinary growth in God.  I am amazed at what He has done in me over the last several years.  I have gone from being a part time Christian to writing about His grace and His power.  It’s true that God wants to take away our burdens.  He says “Come to me, my burden is light” but we cry about our burdens and our own chains. 

I remember hearing a testimony when I was a young boy.  The details are long gone but the message is very clear.  The person complained about all of their problems and how the devil was beating them down and how horrible their life was and their dog bit them, well you get the point.  They ended the testimony with “but God is good.”  Wow, what a testimony, your life stinks, at least to hear you tell it.  I have found that the things that I need to let go of the most are holding me down and when I finally get the faith and courage to let go, I experience a new level of freedom.  Can you imagine what God could do if we actually let go of the chains that we hold so dear and let Him truly work in our lives?

The thing about God is that He is faithful to take whatever we are willing to let go of and do wonderful things with what we give Him.  I was also criticized because the chorus made God seem too small.  On the contrary, we are the ones that are small.  He has given us free will and faithfully abides by that free will, even when it is the opposite of what we should be doing. 

So I find myself in my ordinary life making small evolutionary changes to allow God to work withing my free will.  I am a stuborn person that doesn’t like to be uncomfortable.  It’s really hard to truly follow God and not be uncomfortable.  I am slowly learning to let go and as I do, God is faithful to take what little I give up and do amazing things with it.  It’s what he does.  He is turning my water into His wine. 

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