During a beautifully authentic time of worship with two dear friends, a melodic rift came from my heart. With just a few simple words, I expressed the deep fear of stepping into a new year of unknown challenges. Yet as each word fit perfectly with the harmonies of those dear friends and piano accompaniment, I found hope. Hope that grew in the depths of the fear.
When I cannot see the way before me, I will trust in You, God.
It’s amazing how simplicity soothes a weary soul fighting the only God you & I should have loved, just as a gentle mother lulls her crying, sweaty child. In simplicity, the soul can cease competing and realize it’s sole purpose is to know and be known by a relentless God.
The words you & I read here are mere pixels illuminated on a screen. But what means EVERYTHING to the heart of the Father is you & me. He desires intimacy with you & me. When you & I come to the throne of King Jesus there is no competition with yourself or others. His blood is sufficient for you & me.
I find hope in the song of a great musician that was written for you and me to know God:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Many changes are coming in this year ahead of me. However, allowing fear to stunt a childlike faith and undaunted hope will not be one of them. Tonight declare with me through a surrendered heart and whichever melodic notes you choose:
Be my Strength, Be my Guide, Be my King, my One True Love.