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Don’t rush me

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The Lord directs our steps,
    so why try to understand everything along the way?  Proverbs 20:24

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I had coffee with a friend recently, and she shared some wise advice- time is in God’s hands… don’t rush Him.

Don’t rush Me.

Yeah, I just started singing that  ol’ Taylor Dane song…

 

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I sang that line over and over in my head as I walked yesterday evening. I could taste fall in the air!   But I found myself longing to be at the end of the street where I could see the sunset more clearly- so I began to jog.

Much to my dismay, after my rushing down the street, my view wasn’t any better there. As I got closer to the edge of the neighborhood, the trees covered more of the sky.  So then I turned around and went back to my house.

By the time I got there, the clouds were blazing with beauty. Oh, if I could only be content to stand still…

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All I needed to do was wait.

Don’t rush Him.

Enjoy the journey.

The sun rises and sets in His timing.

And don’t forget to look up while you’re walking 🙂

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  Psalm 119:133

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you get what you need

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Long car rides sound like such a fun idea… until things don’t go as planned.  On our way home from visiting our family and friends, we could see a storm brewing up ahead. We were all tired and just wanted to be home. It seemed like the perfect time to stop and have dinner while the storm passed.  We went through the drive-thru and ate in the car as the rain drops began to pelt against the windshield.

I noticed that the windows were beginning to fog up….and then the air conditioner didn’t feel quite so cool anymore.  Just as I suspected, the a/c had stopped working, and because it was muggy and rainy outside, the windows got so foggy that we couldn’t see a thing!  We waited for a while, but the rain kept coming.

I ate my dinner in silence.  I was so mad, tired, and now HOT.  Knowing that it was going to get dark before we got home, I suggested we keep going so at least we had some daylight to drive in.

Hubby drove as I haphazardly wiped away the moisture from the windshield.  The windows were rolled down, and oddly enough, I found the loud noise to be comforting- I didn’t have to say a word.  No one could hear me even if I did, which was probably a good thing, because I was in a horrible mood and didn’t have anything good to say.

We drove in silence for a long time.

And then the clouds began to break up.

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 I saw the pink hues glowing in the distance, and the sun was like a fireball setting directly in front of us.  It was breathtakingly beautiful.

I took my phone out and began to take a few pictures.  And then my hubby started commenting on the clouds, too.

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“I love you, babe,” he tells me.

“Love you, too.”

And then all was right in the world again.  The peace of the Lord had permeated the atmosphere, and we couldn’t help but smile.

I began to belt out one of my old favorite choir songs from my college days-

“The heavens are telling the glory of God…” I sang out in my best opera voice as we enjoyed the view ahead.

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When you see such a glorious sight, you can’t help but worship.  You can’t help but praise the Lord and give thanks for the beauty He creates.

And as our focus turned to Him, the lack of a/c didn’t matter quite so much.

Because we had each other,

and two healthy girls,

a van that would still get us home… and most importantly-

a Heavenly Father

who knows how to get us back on track!

We seem to find the things we look  for.  If I’m discouraged, it doesn’t take much for me to find more things to be discouraged about.  On the flip side, when I look for something Good- I find His infinite blessings! 

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Philippians 4:8

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.  Psalm 19:1

 

 

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joy will come

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when every beam of light goes dim 

trust that you can rest in Him 

His light shines in darkness 

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when you cry out but not a word 

escapes your mouth- you still are heard 

His ears hear in darkness 

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when all that’s left to do is wait 

In Him joy comes, His love is great 

His voice speaks in darkness 

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Recently, I took the girls out shopping so they could find a birthday present for a friend.  You go to the toy section, I’ll be in electronics– I told them.

I remember how desperately I wanted to feel close to God, and how far away He seemed.

I was hoping to find a new worship CD to listen to in the car on the way home.  He so often speaks to me through music, and I searched and searched…but the CD selection in this store was dismal.  I couldn’t find a single one. I went to find the girls, we made our gift purchase, and I pushed the thought of finding new music out of my mind.

And then just days later- after our Sunday service, a wonderful lady who loves the Lord came up to me as I was walking out to my van.  Here- someone gave me these, and I thought you’d like to have them.  She handed me a gift bag with several CD’s in them.

I dropped my husband off at work the other morning, and as I looked down in my van, I saw that same gift bag that had been handed to me days before.  I had forgotten about it, but felt compelled to look inside on this particular morning.  I grabbed a cd out of the bag and popped it into my cd player. The first words I heard were these-

I’m here to meet with you
come and meet with me
I’m here to find you
reveal yourself to me

As I wait, you make me strong
As I long, draw me to your arms
As I stand and sing your praise
You come, you come and you fill this place
Won’t you come, Won’t you come and fill this place

As I listened, God revealed Himself to me.  I cried tears of joy as I remembered the week I had before and how far away God had seemed to me.  In that moment as I listened to the CD, He brought to mind the day I wandered through that store- searching for music, wanting so desperately to be near Him…and then the picture of the lady from our church came to mind- how she smiled and hugged me so tightly as she handed me a bag  full of CD’s…

God is faithful.  Even when I can’t see or feel Him.  He filled my van with His presence that day. He breathed life into these dry bones again.  He filled me with joy.

I am thankful 🙂

Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning…Psalm 30:5

 

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