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2020 Vision: Who Am I?

“Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?”v.1

It was a beautiful day. Windows open. Radio on. Harmonizing to a song I know pretty well. Stretches that really help the knees keep bending. Time in the water at the gym. A great conversation with a fellow Durham school librarian. An old book I’m re-discovering and I wonder why now? A new book that I can’t wait to uncover and wonder why now? A short time to enjoy the patio swing before getting busy wasting time.
I am blessed.

“…what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?”Ps 8:4b

This verse has been on my mind all weekend. Not sure why – except – that Our Father’s breath has been blowing many new things into my path this weekend. Like usual, I never know what to do with a lot of the information He sends, so I jot information. I write in my journal, my prayer devotional book, and note cards. Some verses leap off the page at me, so I write them down as well. Thoughts pop in my head and beg my attendance upon them, and then – I wonder – wait – while away the time – as it all tumbles around in my head.

I know eventually – He will tell me what to do with it all – but for now I hold them close and ponder them.

I am a flower quickly fading:
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.” ~v.2

On my way to the gym, this song came on. Casting Crowns. One of my favorite Christian groups. “Who Am I?” One of my favorite songs, lately. Since Psalm 8:4 had been already wandering around in my mind, I took notice. God winks are hard to miss when your eyes are focused on Him.

Since I had been looking up information, reading, listening to choral music, knitting, and watching some of my favorite Christian movies, the thoughts began to sort themselves out. I still can’t see the clear pattern yet, or where it is all leading, but there is something. Something I am about to discover about “who I am”.

So tonight, I am still waiting and watching. I have to admit, I tend to love it when Our Father starts downloading something, and His Hope takes over everything that I do. My eyes continually look up. My lamp overflows with new oil.

“When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place— “ Ps 8:4a

As I sat on the patio swing, I do wonder why He cares so much about each of us. I betray His trust and love over and over – and yet – He is mindful of me. Even as a quickly fading flower or a mere vapor on the wind in the scheme of eternity, He continues to find time for me…and the butterflies that are all over the lantana bush… or the hummingbirds filling up for their trip South…or the two aging choc lab girls who sleep in the shade of a wisteria covered portico. There is much more to come out of this thoughtful weekend, but it is a start.

I reflect back that Job probably said it best, “What is man that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart upon him.” Job 7:7

He trusts us with His heart…His Son…His Grace……..

Since the very beginning, so who am I not to trust Him with mine? 

Perception

abell-520-dark-matter-mystery_49568_990x742As I was reading National Geographic this morning, I kept looking at new pictures of our universe and returning to one thought – Our Father’s omnipresent creativity. Dark matter – dark energy – pullilng – repelling – defining – expanding – all patterns that still echo the sprials of our own DNA – His DNA.

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” Gen 1:26

I totally get excited that knowledge keeps expanding – that science seeks answers for my unending questions which this restless soul is too dense to seek for self. DO_NOT_REUSE_NatGeo_2015_Jan_coverTraces of His handiwork viewed darkly- golden flecks in the iris of His omniscient eye – veins of connectivity linking galaxies and unseen dimensions into a glorious masterpiece. Images that will return to me when the world darkens with fear and chaos. Images that reflect His promises given so long ago but – perhaps – just days ago according to His timeline.

“Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth…” Gen 1:14-15

science-dark-matter-simulation_48384_600x450Whether our lowly minds consider it billions of years ago or whether it was in 7 of His days, little matters to me. It is His eye where perception lies, His image creating unending creatures…vistas…dimensions…universes… and it is within His Hand where it is written. Even when I am overwhelmed, when my knees hurt from the collapse that could not be forestalled one more minute, it is then – then – when there is only darkness and fear – that I will curl in the palm of His hand and rest my head. My name written among the universe in the palm of His hand and rest.

“So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far awayhubble-dark-matter-map
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held…” Casting Crowns

 

Love it when God moves in our world!

(National Geographic images via Google)

Lenten Journey #13

Lenten Journey #13

“Sometimes the only way to see the truth is by turning a secret corner. Looking beyond the thing that’s dominating your vision.” T. Davis Bunn, author of Prayers of a Stranger p. 59 #lovethisauthor #enoughsaid