postheadericon Bumps In The Road


Bump In The Road
by Erik Hassle

We all must go through it sometime
You were not the first, you know
You stick your head in the sunshine
Don't expect the worst, though

If a bird can sing with a broken wing
You'll learn to bend when the wind blows
The leaves may fall, but the trees stay tall
This is a bump in the road
Don't give up, you will make it
Don't give up, you will make it

We all must go through it sometime
You were not the first, you know
Love got more hooks than a fish line
Believe it hurts

If a bird can sing with a broken wing
You'll learn to bend when the wind blows
The leaves may fall, but the trees stay tall
This is a bump in the road
Don't give up, you will make it
Don't give up, you will make it

Out of the dark
Into the light
Over the edge
Over your life

We all must go through it sometime
You were not the first
You stick your head in the sunshine
Don't expect the worst

If a bird can sing with a broken wing
You'll learn to bend when the wind blows
The leaves may fall, but the trees stay tall
This is a bump in the road
Don't give up, you will make it
Don't give up, you will make it

I think this song says a lot about our ability to adapt to the situations we find ourselves in, and our ability to face adversity. We learn to bend when the wind blows, we stand tall and face the next thing. I just love it. We all face those bumps, but we will make it through all of it.

I particularly like the bridge because it reminds me of one of my favorite passages from John.

"The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it."
- John 1:4-5

This song may not be overtly "Christian," but God spoke to me through the lyrics regardless of what the intent was. No matter what happens, because of Christ, we get to have light in the darkness. And that makes the bumps in the road bearable because we have hope. Pretty sweet.

So no matter what you're going through right now, don't give up because you can and will make it through.
 

postheadericon Alpha and Omega


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
- Revelation 22:13

I've been thinking about this verse a lot lately. For me, this verse means one thing. God is ULTIMATE. There is nothing before Him, nothing after Him. He's the extreme. If that isn't worth of our praise and adoration, then I don't know what is.�God was there at the beginning of time, of creation. He was also the one who created me and was there at my beginning. And God will be there at the end.

The summer that I worked at a Bible camp, my favorite part of the day was doing Alphas and Omegas. We started our day praising God, and we closed our day in a devotion. I wish I could take parts of camp, like that for example, and use them in my daily life. But wait... I can! And maybe I should. What is it that holds us back from taking camp with us when we leave?

Actually, this verse reminds me of one of my favorite camp songs. It has been stuck in my head for awhile now. It is a way for me to sing to God using several of His names, and when I do that, I remember how incredible He is. I can't help but thank and praise Him when I'm singing this one. So I think I'm going to keep singing this song, and as I do so, I'll try to remember to bring camp with me. If I do that, maybe I will practice letting God be the alpha and omega of every day.

He is the alpha and omega
The beginning and the end
Son of God
King of kings
Lord of all
He is everything
Messiah, Jehovah
Prince of Peace is He
Son of man
Seed of Abraham
Second person in the trinity
 

postheadericon Noise


Traffic. A cell phone ringing. An alarm clock. The TV. The radio. Kids screaming. These are all sounds we hear on a daily basis. How on earth are we supposed to hear God with all that racket going on?!

I was blessed to get to spend my evening out at Good Earth Village. I spent most of my night with the Explorers (7th-9th graders). I had a wonderful time and it ended with a silent worship. Well, it was silent for the campers. We were encouraged to listen to God around us. It was quiet and calming, peaceful and fulfilling. I am thankful for those quiet moments when I was able to just sit and listen to God speak to my heart.

And you see past the things that try to cloud my views
So will you be the voice inside that tells me how to make it through
I can depend on you

- from "Dependence" by The Less

I heard that song while I was driving home, and it just hit the point harder. It's a daily struggle to see past the things clouding our view, and to hear God in all the noise. But he is already there, He's already the voice inside of you.

Sometimes those louder noises that distract us cause us to miss the quiet ones. Listen to a child laughing, or the wind rustling through the trees. Listen to the sound of breathing, or crickets chirping. Listen to your own heartbeat. And listen to God. He has some pretty cool things to say.