God never ceases to amaze me.
Psalm 40:5 says it a little better, like this:
O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. (NLT)
She says, how did I get here?
I’m not who I once was.
And I’m crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love
But don’t you know who you are,
What’s been done for you?
Yeah don’t you know who you are?
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.
(Tenth Ave North)
It will help to be somewhat familiar with what I wrote last night, but even without it (or the other posts), I think God’s message will still shine through.
Think about life themes like:
- a new name
- a fresh start
- your value and worth
- a clean slate
- embracing redemption and restoration
- believing biblical truth about yourself
- stepping out of darkness and into the light
- the Name above all names, Jesus
- drinking in living water
- being washed clean
- freedom from any chains that bind you
- breathing in that first gulp of air after you’ve been underwater
Honestly, my notes from church today spin off in at LEAST six or seven different directions.
I WISH I could write it all down, but today really feels like that Psalm 40:5 verse.
This particular post came out of nowhere…and not from one of the 70 drafts I can’t seem to finish.
It formed as I was searching for worship songs with a water theme (yes, you can actually google that), mainly after our song service today prompted another page of notes – about when oceans rise.
Or, as Lauren Daigle sings, “Let the waters rise.”
It was more for a personal playlist (link below) related to an on-going cistern/spiritual dehydration/woman-at-the-well conversation I have pending with the Lord.
It’s been about five months now and I can’t quite figure it out. I just get flashes or pieces of information, but I just know it’s something.
Part 1: Peter/Oceans
- We sang this song today (Oceans). You know, it’s been played a few times in churches around the world.
- Don’t get me wrong – I love this song. And, after all of the times I’ve heard it…today, these lyrics caused me to grab my notebook:
- Yep. Right in the middle of worship. Excuse my handwriting. It was kind of dark.
- At first, it struck me as an idea because my feet actually do fail me (the right one anyway…with the metal plate and screws), as I fell out of the door going to church last week, and have the bruises to prove it.
- My foot just failed. It gave away and collapsed beneath me. Plus, the next line matches with the fact I have been a fearful person. That’s sort of my thing, but I am chipping away at it daily.
- However, it was the “walk upon the water,” line that really hit home, because I had just written this yesterday about Peter, and of all things, it was also about being brave.
My journal notes came from this June 27th email devotion that is a must-read. Go ahead and stop.
- This next part, well…I have no explanation. Jesus trumps social media, Zuckerberg, the algorithm, VIKI, Congress, whoever…
➡️Let me expand this Facebook memory I shared yesterday from July 7, 2010 about…Peter.
And “where my faith would be made stronger.”
My friend, you are not the slow learner here, okay? I have just admitted the Lord has been telling me this for EIGHT years.
I’m not embarrassed.
It’s for the Kingdom.
At least it didn’t take 40 years.
On to Jericho.
Part 2 – Turning Down The Avenue
- I end up on Youtube listening to possible playlist songs and find the next video up (according to Youtube VIKI) is by Tenth Avenue North.
- I’ve seen them open in concert for other people, but I couldn’t have told you one song title from memory.
- Then, I start watching their video, You Are More.
Remember what I had from the Seamless Bible study this week and yesterday’s post…
Then, the You Are More video…
Then, water…WATER…starts to run down the chalkboard, washing away all of those names and all of those fears…
I have never heard this song before today, but I quickly recognized several of their songs when I download the album.
THE LIGHT MEETS THE DARK.
The album title reminded me of this photo shared by a friend earlier today.
It also reminded me of The Upside Down…or, escaping it.
The blade that was broken…it has been remade.
(It’s LOTR. I couldn’t resist.)
Our Creator, the Potter, is constantly forming the clay (us) – until it’s just right. It is a lifelong process.
He might start over sometimes, carve out places, or leave it on that spinning wheel for EIGHT years until its smooth and waterproof.
The shaping and finishing possibilities are endless, but then comes the fire.
Before we cringe… How cool is this?
“Clay to pottery kilns require high temperatures, so chemical and physical reactions will occur, to permanently alter the unfired body.” (Wiki)
God eventually has to permanently alter our natural-born, sinful self into something new...the likeness of His Son.
This happens in phases all throughout our life, after we receive His Spirit, and we can begin to take on the attributes – the fruits of the Spirit – that we learn, practice, teach, and then repeat.
We do this all while carrying that living water – in those jars of clay – to anyone who is willing to receive it.
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If you stayed until the credits…here’s the LOTR reference! 🛡🗡🛡