When oceans rise, will you stand?
I have learned not to ask for patience, because when I have, it has been tested to the fullest. I have learned to not cry over spilled milk or sweet tea for that matter, because it matters very little in the big picture and assuredly it will happen again.....and again. I have learned that perfection can often be the greatest form of bondage, though the packaging deceives us. To laugh at things that once made me cry. To hold most things loosely, because the things we cling to can easily become idols. And to hold others things tightly, because they are what truly matters in this life. I have learned to dance in the rain, and I enjoy it:). That God still works in miracles. Homeade bluebell vanilla ice cream is best over hot brownies! I have learned that making a cup of hot tea for my daughter makes her feel special, and I should do it more often. And when my boys are sick the old wive's tale that vapor rub on their feet actually helps;) Or perhaps it is the hands of momma touching her babies with comfort? Touch matters.....
I have learned that the hardest things in life birth the greatest blessings. And that people that you once trusted can disappoint you. Most women have had broken hearts too. I have learned that some people come into your life for a season and some for a lifetime, and it is important not to confuse those:) I have learned that music sets my heart on fire, and the Word of God is truly alive and active. I have learned to believe when it doesn't seem possible, and if you don't you may never meet the Impossible God. I have learned that transparency can heal wounds of others and your own. And that life isn't always fair, but can indeed be favored. I have learned that you can taste heaven on earth and there are surely angels amongst us. I have learned the power of proclaiming the word aloud and crying it out and worshiping with pure abandon. I have learned that God can use us broken vessels to touch the lives of others, and it is worth the pain when He does. I have learned that someone always has it worse off than you, so be thankful. I have seen the power of gratitude actually shift the atmosphere, and I try to practice it more. I have felt the presence of God on people I have touched, and felt His broken heart when I have touched others. He is real. He is love. I have learned that the American dream is not aligned with the Gospel though too many have deceived themselves to believe that. You are truly blessed when you give, not accumulate.
And last week I said, Lord I will do anything take everything because I want your anything, and I learned be careful, because He might just say, "Really?" Ha!
But I suppose the real thought on my heart today is that there are always lessons to be learned, and though sometimes they are hard to see when we stand in the middle of an ocean rising over us, we can trust that His plan is good. And we can stand!
I was listening to one of my new favorite songs, "Oceans" today and I clung to the words....
You called me out upon the water. The great unknown.
Where feet may fail. And there I find in the mystery. In oceans deep, my faith will stand.
I will call upon your name, and keep my eyes above the waves.
For when oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace.
For I am yours and you are mine.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.
Let me walk upon the waters.
Where ever you would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.
There does come a time when the oceans rise and you get a little excited, simply because you know if nothing else, you get to see His face through it!
Perhaps tonight as you slip into the covers, you can look back too and see what you have learned and instead of taking up a spirit of despair, you can be grateful that what ever you face is promised to birth something beautiful.
I have learned He does bring beauty from ashes, and this I trust!!!
I love you all,