One of the ways God ministers to me is through lyrics. Unlike other members of my family:) I pay much more attention to the lyrics than I do to the music itself. During tough times I have a tendency to latch unto a particular song which becomes my "theme song" for the moment I'm living in. I guess I should explain a little bit. I say moment I am trying to put things into the proper perspective. While it might seem like an eternity to me, it is actually only a moment when compared to eternity!
The song I've been listening to lately is "How Can I Keep From Singing" as sung by Chris Tomlin. I have to confess, it hasn't always been easy to keep on singing if I focus on my circumstances. If I focused on that, I would be crying instead. I know that to be true because I've already had a few of those melt-down moments. When my focus is on me, I am walking in my own strength. That's a bad idea. Trust me on that one!
When my focus is on Christ, I walk in His strength. Hmmm... That's a far better idea. In fact, that's the best idea of all! I have complete access to God who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. It goes even further than that. Through Christ, he has given me the power to do all things. Storms can rise up and toss my little boat (me). I can be pounded, tossed about on the waves and even have the waves roll right over me and threaten to sink me. No matter what happens, nothing can sink me or destroy me... as long as I have Christ on board.
So, always remember you have a reason to sing. God loved you so much that he broke into your world and refused to abandon you. He loved and chose each one of us before we were even formed and before we ever knew or chose him. His love certainly was not based on our lovely, pure-hearted spirits. There was nothing lovely about us. That didn't matter to God. It doesn't make sense but I guess love rarely does.
*8/18/11--This blog is now part of a series entitled Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer