Maybe it’s because we’ve just celebrated Easter. Maybe it’s because an elderly, across the street neighbor went to meet Jesus on Easter Sunday. Maybe it’s because I have a dear friend who is by her mother’s side as she nears the end of her 5 year battle with cancer. But this old song has stayed at the front of my mind lately.
I can’t help but wonder what it’s like when you’ve come to the end of this earthly life and you hear Jesus say, “Arise, my love”. As my friend sits with her mother, we know that soon, she will hear the words, “Arise, my love”. And in that death is defeated. Cancer has lost. The enemy has lost this battle. It’s final here. And it hurts here. But death is defeated. And she will arise.
Today is soccer Saturday. Like most Saturdays in the Fall & Spring. Today was an EARLY soccer Saturday. Or maybe 9AM just felt early because of a late Friday night. But, of course, we were running late. A little over halfway to the field, this song came on the radio. I thought to myself, “this is a day where much grace will be needed.” The song has stuck with me though. Sometimes I feel like I’m the biggest “grace drain” on God’s radar. Yet, it’s so easy to just plain stink at giving it. I’m grateful for God’s grace. That’s always there for me. And I’m grateful for the opportunities to give grace. I’ve been given to much to not give it more freely.
Yesterday, as I sat with a dear friend who is facing an overwhelming amount of grief and trials, I felt like there were really no words that could meet her where she was. Except to remind her, that no matter what it looks like right now, HE is right there.
Are you in the middle of a life upheaval? Or maybe you’re just in a dry place…nothing really wrong, but something missing. HE IS WITH YOU.
Take me deeper than my feet could even wander. Where my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.
Are you in a place where your feet are failing? The ocean, the waves are consuming you? Call upon His name. I am Yours and You are mine. Take your eyes off of the waves and fix them on HIM.
Do you have days that just start as an epic fail? Like the start of your day should have it’s own hashtag? #morningfail #momfail #epicfail Today was one of those. At least I thought it was. Oversleeping got Addi to school barely on time and Payne late. But I would have missed this song with him. This song that is just a reminder that there’s always a reason to celebrate while we’re here on this earth. And that it’s ok to crazy dance in the car…and not even care about the people watching.