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Sunday, October 10, 2010

With my Song

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with my song, I will praise Him.

I come
because you are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am

You alone are holy
You alone are worthy
You alone are all that I need

I come
because You are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am

And I bow before the One
who sits upon the throne
Through you alone
I can overcome

Bringing you myself
seems not so much to give
To the one who gave His only son,
so that I may truly live

I come
because You are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Gift


We were sitting in the pool last weekend, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, enjoying some time with the kids. I was watching the waves come in, pounding on the reef, mesmerized by the beauty and awe. And for a moment, it was if time slowed down.

It's a gift. This (time here) is a gift.

There was no mistaking the clarity, but it was that still small voice.

And I pondered what He meant. This is a gift. So many meanings, like peeling back layer upon layer of an onion. The gift that keeps on giving.

A gift. It can be something you have been waiting for and are so excited as you receive it because you know exactly what it is. Then there are some gifts just don't seem to be for you. So you hold on to them and bless someone else with the gift that someone gave you. Some you save for later - and though they don't seem to make any sense at the moment, in time you realize: this is perfect for me - this was a great gift.

Was that what He was trying to get me to see? He wasn't talking about the time at the pool. He was talking about our time here on this island. Yes, this is a beautiful place. But there has been so much more that has taken place than just enjoying the beauty. This gift of being here on this island has been many things - a time of learning, a time of growing, a time of stretching, a time of peace, a time of pain and heartache, a time of being alone, a time of craziness, a time of new friendships, a time of feeling way out of my comfort zone, a time of joy, a time of new memories, a time of trusting, a time of giving, a time of healing.

Could all these things have happened elsewhere or at another time? I'm quite sure of it, but He chose here and He chose right now.

There is an appointed time (season) for everything, and a time to every purpose (activity, even) under heaven. Eccl. 3:1