I recently heard a song that truly reached into my heart and pulled it closer to God. No, this song was not extolling the virtues of God like you would think. Instead, this song honestly communicated the state of confusion, despair, pain and hopeless millions of Christians have sunk into due to relentless attacks and/or pressure in their lives.
The song “Worn” by 10th Avenue North is one like no other I have ever heard. It is the first song I am aware of that truly portrays how many believers feel, whether for a day, a week or perpetually. I think all of us need to realize there are countless of our brothers and sisters in Christ facing struggles that knock them down, pin them to the mat and seek to knock them out of the game.
My heart has always gone out to those who are struggling like a drowning person in the ocean. Compassion dictates reaching out and giving them a helping hand instead of preaching at them or condemning them for being weak or human. It has always been a source of pain in me to see a fellow Christian being beaten to a pulp by life, and believe me, there are plenty of people out there who are in this state.
Perhaps this is why I have no place for the sanctimonious “holier than thou” or “better than you” attitude manifested by so many within the Body of Christ. It rips my heart to shreds when I see believers harden their hearts and refuse to allow their bowels of compassion to move toward those facing the worst battles of their lives. It just should not be like this.
Haven’t we all been through times when the pressures of life or the demands that arise from a particular situation relentlessly smack us over the head with a log? Haven’t we all been reduced to a state of hanging on for dear life as the enemy continually throws one punch after another at us? Haven’t we all faced the strain that comes with an ongoing physical, financial or emotional crisis?
Many times all someone needs is the assurance that things will work out and there will indeed be an end to the storm battering them. Many times all someone needs is the reassurance they are not alone but there is someone standing with them in prayer who will not judge, condemn or ignore them.
I remember vividly the times in my life when I was hanging on by a thread, crying out for help and no one would respond. I survived only because I believed God would save me or I would be no more. As I listened to this song, it brought tears to my dry eyes because I have been at the place this songs talks about and God has always pulled me out of it somehow. Please take a moment and allow this powerful song to work in your heart as God sees fit.
I just finished listening to this song and I am playing it yet again. The boat in the picture reminds me of my "little boat" which was an analogy God gave me from another picture right before I started chemo. Though the storm may be fierce and long, I am reminded that God is with me as I plow through the waves and I am truly thankful that one way or another He has let me know that I am not alone.
[quote]Many times all someone needs is the reassurance they are not alone but there is someone standing with them in prayer who will not judge, condemn or ignore them.[/quote]
I am so thankful that God has brought a few people into my life who are always ready to to do this... always ready to remind me that I am not going through the storm alone.
Love this blog b2u! Thank you so much for sharing...I won't "blog" a reply but I could!!! I love the song...I'm going to have to download that one! I can relate to this blog and so I thank you for sharing...I FEEL the lack of compassion and the rise of disinterest in others...if the world doesn't see this in US...where will it come from?
Peter says let your new believer "family love" move on to a more mature fervent love ...i.e. "outstretched love" toward others (1Peter1:22). John says we love God by loving those born of him. So what are we waiting for!!
Great blog and great song.
P.S what is the secret to inserting a youtube video. It doesn't work for me. I've tried using the embed code and the url code..nothing happens...nothing but white space. I pay my monthly CB dues :>( :question:
I can remember the days you were having critical problems with your health and you came back. I can remember the couple of days you spent in my home telling me a lot of the things you have been through? I have read a ton of your blogs and how you continue to just keep on coming up with better ones over and over. You are the Energizer Bunny.
You will always be my CB pastor and my hero! You also have excellent taste in songs! Thank you for the song, I have never heard it before.
I think this is one of those things that every Christian should experience.
Where it really sucks, is when, as a Christian, it just seems to keep happening again and again and again...