…surrounded…

The key turns, the engine starts.  From the speakers, a song picks up where it left off…
Oh, Your voice surrounds me
Be still… and know…
“Your voice surrounds me”…eyes close in reflection.

The night sky flashing white, fingers of lightning stab through the clouds.  Pull into the parking lot, eyes dart, head swivels…still unable to catch every flash.  Oohs and aahs sound from both Julie and I.  Thunder growls.  God’s glory on display, His creation, His power.

Voices fill the room; prayers lifted up for children, their families, all of Crossroads.  Prayers for focus on what God will teach, prayers that everyone will come to service ready to worship, to praise, to be transformed.  A warm smile starts somewhere around my heart and glides up to show on my face as I listen to kidmin workers praying.

“Your voice surrounds me”

Heat rises, a twinge of pain runs across my forearm.  The burner is still hot.  Thankful for the warning of pain.

Bright yellow, a dark red tinged with green…a moment spent admiring the daylilies in the morning sun.  The blooms mixed with the shriveled remains of the previous day’s show.  Their short life is a reminder of our lifespan in the face of eternity.

A jolt of pain feels like an ice pick stabbing.  A quick jerk, and a hissing gasp…even this a reminder.  How fleeting life is, how much more Christ faced for me.

“Your voice surrounds me”…

God speaks to me in so many ways.  Through books, music, nature, and life in general.  His voice does surround me.  All of it comes down to knowing His words, scripture.  Spending time in His word allows me to hear Him speak in all things…as He is all around me.

I have to slow down, make myself look…but when I do, I see Him working, speaking, loving.

His love engulfs me as I abide in Him.  I cannot escape Him, though I – to my shame – have tried.  I can never be good enough to earn His grace…and I’m so thankful I don’t have to.  There is nothing I can do to make Him love me more….or less.  He covers me with His mercy, His care.

Father,
Help me see.  Help me hear.  Help me watch for You in all things.
You are faithful.  You are Love.  You are.
Remind me, Lord, to be still…and know.
Amen

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” [Psalm 46:10 ESV]

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts (songs) of deliverance. Selah [Psalm 32:7 ESV]

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore. [Psalm 125:2 ESV]

Song: Steady
Band: Loud Harp
Album: Hope Where There Was None

Oh, I am tired
Oh, my heart is weak
but, I know there is a river
A safe place… where I can breath

You’re the joy in the middle of my pain
You’re the peace I cannot explain
You’re the love I’ll never escape
You are, You are God…

Oh, I hear your whisper
Oh, I hear you sing
Oh, Your voice surrounds me
Be still… and know…

You’re the joy in the middle of my pain
You’re the peace I cannot explain
You’re the love I’ll never escape
You are, You are God…

Though the mountains fall into the sea
We will not be moved
You steady our feet

You’re the joy in the middle of my pain
You’re the peace I cannot explain
You’re the love I’ll never escape
You are, You are good…

 

 

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