A Song For “One Of Those Days”

Sometimes you just need to hear somebody say “It’s alright. Everything will be okay.”

I was reminded of this song by Brandon Heath today (see video below). I really needed it. Maybe you do too?

Also, here’s something I wrote a few years ago. I guess it must have been another one of those days.

Sometimes life is hard and being human can feel like a weight. But God gives us hope and hope is like helium.

It can elevate the heaviest heart.

And, even though it looks like our world is falling apart and though it may feel like we are barely hanging onto a tiny, thin sliver of string, we hold tight to the One who is holding onto us.

And this is faith.

Knowing that God is all around us, His love like a mighty wind sweeping over and under, and lifting us higher and higher…


But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

The Unutterables

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo Da Vinci

Lately, I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. Often, I have felt the stirring, like my heart was ready to pour. But, like an empty storm, I was all thunder and no rain. I could find no words.

And that’s the way life is sometimes, isn’t it? The experience of living can often leave us with emotions so strong that we simply walk around with a lump in our throats, unable to identify or communicate what we are feeling. We want to fly but our feet are stuck firmly in earth.

It is a humbling thing to realize that, even in this, in our most basic need of human expression, we are unable to provide for ourselves.  We need God. And, once again, he comes to our rescue in the most amazing way.

This verse from Romans 8:26 stuns me every time I read it:

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God himself praying for me? The Spirit interceding on my behalf? This is grace. And I have tasted it before. God doing for me what I cannot do for myself, proving that in my weakness he is strong.

It is a comfort knowing that the One who sees the deep places inside me, who understands the unutterable longings of my heart, is praying for me as he leads me on the journey home.

So I will keep looking skyward and consider it a blessing when the words won’t come. Because that is when I can hear him whisper, “It’s alright”.

Enjoy this song by Brandon Heath. I hope it will encourage you as it has me.

All I Ever Needed

I find myself at the end of another week, at the end of more days of striving, at the end of the rope of my own resources – grasping at an invisible goal that no one else can see. It is another opportunity to learn about God’s love.

Because it is here, at the end, that I find myself going back to the beginning. Returning to the truth that all I ever needed was Him. He is the light in the darkness.

My Heavenly Father reminds me that His love is all that matters. His grace can redeem all the shortcomings and nagging regret. It is true – His love brings peace.

His love fills every need.

If you, like me, sometimes have a hard time remembering that – maybe this song by Brandon Heath will encourage you.

I like the organic approach to this video. It’s raw and simple, just like the message. In my opinion, that’s the best way to experience music – and life, for that matter.

Sometimes, we complicate things. And the rope we are clinging to can quickly turn into a noose if we’re not careful. So today, let’s end the struggle and let go so that we can grab hold of what we learned at the beginning. The basic, pure, unchanging truth that abiding in His love brings life, joy and peace.


 

 
Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. 1 John 2: 24-25